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Sikh community plants 550 trees in Ipswich to mark founding father's birthday

PUBLISHED: 13:20 10 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:32 14 November 2019

Families came together to plant the trees in Landseer Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Families came together to plant the trees in Landseer Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Ipswich's Sikh community has planted 550 new trees at Landseer Park to mark the 550th birthday of the religion's founding father Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

The Sikh community gathered together to plant 550 trees to mark the birthday of founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe Sikh community gathered together to plant 550 trees to mark the birthday of founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More than 200 people, including the town's mayor Jan Parry and Labour election candidate Sandy Martin, gathered on Saturday morning, November 9, to plant the new woodland, one of more than 1,800 'Nanak Forests' being created across the globe.

Labour candidate for Ipswich Sandy Martin helped the Sikh community plant 550 trees in Landseer Park  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLabour candidate for Ipswich Sandy Martin helped the Sikh community plant 550 trees in Landseer Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A spokesman for Guru Nanak Gurdwara Ipswich, said: "It is Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 550th birthday on November 12 so Sikhs across the world are looking to plant 1 million trees in celebration.

Head Priest Chatter Singh at the tree planting  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHead Priest Chatter Singh at the tree planting Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"The big thing for us was getting the kids involved so they could see the trees planted and see them grow - it's something for them to remember.

Ajard Singh, Swinder Singh, Sukshehaj Sing and Manveer Kaur  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAjard Singh, Swinder Singh, Sukshehaj Sing and Manveer Kaur Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"At the moment they are just saplings but we have worked with the Woodland Trust and Ipswich Borough Council to find the right species for it.

One of the eldest woman of the Sikh community Harbhan Kaur Rathore with her sons  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNOne of the eldest woman of the Sikh community Harbhan Kaur Rathore with her sons Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"The trees should see substantial growth on a pretty quick time frame. They should be around 6ft with a year or so.

Ipswich Mayor Jan Parry joined the Sikh community in Landseer Park to plant 550 trees to mark the birthday of founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNIpswich Mayor Jan Parry joined the Sikh community in Landseer Park to plant 550 trees to mark the birthday of founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"They are all UK native trees. One of the main things we wanted to do also is increase the bee population in the area.

550 trees were planted in Landseer Park to mark the 550th birthday of  founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN550 trees were planted in Landseer Park to mark the 550th birthday of founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"We had the Sikh community there, the 4th scout group and lots of our neighbours - it was a really nice event.

Gurpal Singh with a sapling  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGurpal Singh with a sapling Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"We would like to thank Edwin van Ek from the Woodland Trust and David Dowding from Ipswich Boruogh Council for their help with the project."

Yuvraj, Jasraj and Hardeep Singh ready to plant the saplings  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNYuvraj, Jasraj and Hardeep Singh ready to plant the saplings Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Harcharan Singh with Head Priest Chatter Singh at the tree planting  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHarcharan Singh with Head Priest Chatter Singh at the tree planting Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Head Priest Chatter Singh at the tree planting  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHead Priest Chatter Singh at the tree planting Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The scouts and the Beavers came to help plant some trees  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe scouts and the Beavers came to help plant some trees Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Four generations of Singh Lovlee's came to plant the trees   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFour generations of Singh Lovlee's came to plant the trees Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jasveer, Sharan and Jeevan with the saplings  they planted  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJasveer, Sharan and Jeevan with the saplings they planted Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sukraj, Heera and Raj planting some saplings  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSukraj, Heera and Raj planting some saplings Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Harcharan Singh with one of the eldest woman of the Sikh community Harbhan Kaur Rathore  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHarcharan Singh with one of the eldest woman of the Sikh community Harbhan Kaur Rathore Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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