Search

Veteran BBC reporter plants 500th tree of Marylebone ecology project

07:00 26 May 2012

John Simpson was joined by pupils from St Vincent

John Simpson was joined by pupils from St Vincent's Primary School

Jonathan Goldberg 07958 229 037

Veteran BBC journalist John Simpson planted the 500th tree on the streets of Marylebone last Thursday to mark the completion of a three-year project to line the pavements with greenery.

The W1W Tree Planting Initiative has seen the likes of TV presenter Matthew Wright, Marylebone resident Barbara Windsor and gardener Alan Titchmarsh all plant trees around the area since 2009.

The ceremony, outside BBC Broadcasting House on Hallam Street, saw Mr Simpson joined by his family, pupils from St Vincent’s Primary School and the newly elected Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Angela Harvey.

Speaking at the event, the 67-year-old BBC world affairs editor said: “I cannot tell you how chuffed I am to be here. In fact when I received the letter I thought they must have thought I was David Attenborough, so I should get in there quickly before they realised who I really was.

“I cannot think of an honour that I have ever had which has given me such great pleasure.

“In my daily work I see a lot of destruction and cruelty and stupidity – a lot of the destroying of good things of the earth. To play a part in planting something like this is absolutely marvellous.”

Three years after Hallam Street played host to the first trees in 2009, dozens of Marylebone streets have now been lined with greenery.

While two-thirds of the funding for the project came from the Westminster Tree Trust and Westminster Council, £80,000 was donated by local residents, businesses and organisations.

Weymouth Street resident and W1W Tree Planting Initiative organiser Mark Gazaleh said: “I never thought that we would reach the 500-tree target.

“When we planted the first trees in 2009 I was really surprised by the support we received.

“I’m really proud that as a team we could produce something that the community liked so much.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

17:30
The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square which was blown up by a suicide bomber on 7/7. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/PA

Relatives of those who died in the July 7 bombings that brought terrorism to the streets of Camden will be returning to the borough tomorrow to mark its 10-year anniversary.

17:15
7/7 survivor Gill Hicks hugs Camden PC Andy Maxwell, who came to her aid when she was injured at Kings Cross Station in London nearly 10 years ago. Picture: PA Wire

This is the touching moment a 7/7 bombing survivor was today reunited with the Camden police officer who saved her life.

16:41
Nicky Morgan with pupil with Holly Class during a science lesson. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan joined pupils in the classroom at a world-leading special school in Swiss Cottage.

15:59
Sir Keir Starmer. Picture: Polly Hancock.

New Holborn and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer will sit on the prestigious home affairs select committee in parliament.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our monthly newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder