Sikhs to plant 550 trees in honour of Guru Nanak

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COVENTRY: Members of the Sikh community will plant over 550 trees in Coventry as part of a global initiative by Eco-Sikh to plant over 1 million trees around the planet to mark the 550th anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

A tree planting ceremony will take place next Thursday (14 March) at Longford Park, Foleshill, whilst observing the 9thannual Sikh Environment Day, the Asian Image has reported.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John Blundell, along with members of Coventry’s Inter-faith Group and Lady Godiva, Pru Porretta will plant four commemorative statement trees to mark the official launch of the initiative.

Students from Longford Park and Grange Hurst Primary Schools, will also be in attendance, along with dignitaries from local churches, including Coventry Cathedral and St. Pauls Church, Mandhirs (Hindu temples) and Gurudwaras, to plant a further 100 saplings on the day.

Planned in conjunction with Coventry Council and the Park Service Rangers, the Sikh Union, along with The Friends of Longford Park, and a team of dedicated volunteers, will plant a variety of five native trees and shrubs in Coventry’s parks and green spaces, including Northern Red Oak, Acer, Hazel, Common Hawthorn and Crab Apple.

The primary site is at Longford Park (also known as Marconi Khalsa Wood) – where 300 trees were planted by staff working at Marconi Communications in 1999 as part of the Millennium Woods project, marking the tri-centenary of the initiation of the Khalsa – collective body of baptised Sikhs.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Linda Bigham said, “Coventry City Council are delighted to be supporting the Sikh Union’s initiative to plant of over 550 native trees and shrubs commemorating Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th anniversary.