Reception at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour

Yesterday the Trust held a very successful fundraising reception in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour on the 18th floor of Westminster City Hall.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Angela Harvey, welcomed the guests and the founder chairman, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, recalled how the Trust had been established to promote the planting of trees in Westminster. The present chairman, Peter Ruback, gave a short presentation on current activity and future plans which is shown below (click on the triangular button to start).

The Trust would like to thank the Lord Mayor for making the Parlour available  and to the local businesses and individuals who contributed prizes for the raffle.

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Emily Scott runs London Marathon

Emily Scott at the London Marathon 2013Emily Scott ran the London Marathon to raise money for Westminster Tree Trust and for Spinal Research. Congratulations to her on a finishing time of 3hr 43min!

Memorial Tree planted in St George’s Square

On 12 March a splendid zelkova serrata was planted in the public gardens of St George’s Square in Pimlico in memory of Julian Maslinski, Chairman of the Trust.

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The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Angela Harvey, joined by Rani Maslinski, Peter Ruback and Paul Akers, planted the tree in a short ceremony.

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Addressing the gathering, Paul Akers praised Julian Maslinski’s tireless work for the environment in Westminster and said that this special tree was a fitting way of remembering a very special man, responsible for planting so many trees in the City.

The ceremony was attended by donors, trustees and friends of Julian.

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Zelkova serrataIn the Autumn, the tree will turn a magnificent orange colour, livening up the Winter months. The tree was bought with funds raised in a memorial appeal and there are further plantings planned in North Westminster.

To read more about this unusual tree.

All the pictures of the ceremony courtesy of Paul Mellor.

Julian Maslinski Memorial Appeal

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Julian Maslinski, who was Chairman of the Westminster Tree Trust for 15 years, died in June 2012. Julian was a keen supporter or the environment and we have launched an appeal for funds to plant trees in his memory. If you would like to make a donation, please email the Trust at westminstertreetrust@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

Progress with the W1W tree planting Initiative

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Since 2009, approximately 280 street trees have been planted in Marylebone under the W1W initiative, covering sites in Bolsover Street, Devonshire Street, Great Portland Street, Great Titchfield Street, Greenwell Street, Hallam Street, New Cavendish Street and Weymouth Street.

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Further tree plantings in West Marylebone and Fitzrovia are now being planned.

More trees planted in Great Portland Street

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Moy Scott – Vice Chairman, Westminster Tree Trust – addresses members of the community at a tree planting in association with International Students House, Pizza Express and The Portland Hospital. The event was attended by The Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Harvey Marshall, Member for Marylebone High Street ward and children from All Souls Primary School, London, W1, assisted with the planting.

Professor Lord Winston plants a tree in ceremony in New Cavendish Street

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Lord Winston and the Lord Mayor, Councillor Susie Burbridge were assisted by children from the International Community School, Marylebone in a tree planting ceremony in New Cavendish Street.

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Councillor Susie Burbridge, unveils a plaque

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Members of the International Community School Eco Team present Westminster Tree Trust with a cheque for £300 raised by the children