A host of fruit trees that will provide apples, pears and cherries for local people in Loughborough Junction for years to come were planted by Lambeth Council staff and councillors last week.
The trees were planted around Wyck Gardens on the Loughborough estate. They are just a few of an extra 250 new trees this year that are being planted as part of the council’s £3.5 million ‘Better Neighbourhoods’ programme – a project to improve the environment and make Lambeth greener, safer and more attractive.
The scheme has seen the council resurface dozens of pavements and roads, replace tired and outdated street signs and street furniture, improve play areas and estate recycling facilities and introduce new bins.
Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Environment, and Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, rolled up their sleeves up and joined officers to plant the trees around Wyck Gardens, Loughborough Junction.
Councillor Prentice said: “Our Better Neighbourhoods investment is making a very real difference and making our borough cleaner, safer and more attractive. Trees bring so many benefits to local communities. A number of food growing projects have been set up by residents on the Loughborough Estate, and these new trees will add to that by hopefully bearing plenty of fruit in the years to come.”