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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"The trees should see substantial growth on a pretty quick time frame. They should be around 6ft with a year or so.
"They are all UK native trees. One of the main things we wanted to do also is increase the bee population in the area.
"We had the Sikh community there, the 4th scout group and lots of our neighbours - it was a really nice event.
"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."
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