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Bill Oddie helps plant new trees in Hampstead High Street

Heath and Hampstead Society team up with Camden Council to 'green the village'

22 March, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

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WILDLIFE lover Bill Oddie helped plant new trees in Hampstead High Street on Monday, writes Helen Chapman.

The 100-year-old Heath and Hampstead Society has teamed up with the council to “green” Hampstead Village. Mr Oddie, the Springwatch presenter, said: “It’s a nice thing. I think one of the most valuable things is to see that the council does this sort of thing and not just under pressure. Most of the kerfuffle with our trees is people wanting them cut down, which is really heartbreaking.”

Camden mayor Richard Cotton, Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq and Conservative ward councillors were at the ceremony, which finished with a reception at Dinny Hall jewellery shop.

Ms Siddiq said: “We know how the air quality is very poor so this is the kind of initiative we should be taking. Today is community driven, which is why it’s so special. We don’t want politicians to make everything happen, you also want the community to participate.”

Marc Hutchinson, chair of the Heath and Hampstead Society, said: “Greening the centre of Hampstead Village has been on the society’s agenda for years. Finding appropriate locations where there is room for the trees to root has been a challenge but we’ve got there.”

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