Oak trees planted in local parks celebrate 80th anniversary

8 December 2021

On Tuesday 30 November, the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) and Brent Council came together to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the national charity that provides social and welfare services to Holocaust refugees and survivors in the UK, as part of the 80 Trees for 80 Years campaign.

Two native oak trees were planted at ceremonial tree-planting events that took place in Roundwood Park, Harlesden and King Edward Vll Park, Wembley, sponsored by the Blackstone family and the Field family respectively.

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment at Brent Council, said:

“Today is a special day and an honour to be part of the 80 trees for 80 years, commemorating the legacy and achievements made to the borough by Jewish refugees, and by planting the oak trees that will be here for future generations to come.

“The history of the Jewish community and the horror endured 80 years ago has not been forgotten, so it is a privilege to both protect our environment by planting these oak trees, as well as, celebrate the Jewish refugee contributions.”

AJR launched 80 Trees for 80 Years, a national project to plant native oak trees around the UK, in honour of people and places that symbolise the enormous contribution made to every walk of British life by refugees who escaped from Nazi Europe.

Find out more about AJR’s work: https://ajr.org.uk/