Trees in tribute
The Mayor of Slough is acting on a commitment to plant hundreds of trees during his year in the role.
Councillor Paul Sohal wants to plant 550 trees – a special number which has been chosen to mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
The Mayor invited special guests to join him on 23 November for the ceremonial tree planting of the first eight trees in Wexham, which included Slough Borough councillors, representatives of local community groups, residents and the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Graham Barker Esq. who assisted with the planting of the first tree.
The Mayor’s fellow councillors pledged their support for planting trees and the purchase of benches by allocating some of their community investment fund which they can use for projects in the borough. Local businesses, organisations and individuals also generously pledged funds to the project to help bring the total of trees to be planted to 550.
Councillor Sohal said: “Guru Nanak was a great environmentalist; he spoke often about the importance of protecting animals and the environment. So I thought that planting 550 trees throughout the borough would be a fitting way of marking this occasion.”