Tree-mendously important work at Cedars

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Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Milton Keynes gathered at Cedars Upper to plant some trees at the Linslade school.

They were joined by both teachers and students and were able to plant 30 trees which had been donatedto the charity by the Woodland Trust.

The group’s president Waqas Khokhar, who is also a science teacher at Cedars, said: “Planning for the event began several months ago when I approached headteacher Steve Palmer to discuss the planting of some trees at the school. We saw the event as not only something that will benefit the local community and environment but will also enable students and teachers to get involved in a local community project. Being a Science teacher myself, I also saw this as a very good ‘hands on’ science lesson and encouraged my students to join in the event, which they did.

“ I also invited members of staff and students to the event and am very grateful as several staff and students gave up a few hours of their Saturday morning to help out with the tree planting. “Many of our members also brought their families and young children along to the event.”

Mr Khokhar added: “We as a community understand and appreciate the importance of planting trees, particularly since the Woodland Trust has recently expressed concerns about threats to existing woodland through developments. At the start of the year, the Government also set a target for the UK to plant four million trees nationally, a target that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and Cedars Upper School certainly wanted to help reach.

“So far the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK has planted 75,000 trees within the UK and we hope to continue increasing this number. Many of the other activities that we have been involved with can be found on our website: www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk