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Stephen Morgan MP initiates local tree planting project at Portsmouth and Southsea Synagogue

By 20 March 2024No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP brought together Charles Dickens Community Orchards and Tree Wardens to support those who use Portsmouth and Southsea Synagogue to help transform the green space into a community garden

City MP Stephen Morgan has been working with local volunteers and members of the city’s Jewish community to help improve an overgrown space at the back of Portsmouth’s historic synagogue putting the community in touch with those who could help clear the space, and plant trees for local benefit.

Charles Dickens Community Orchards and Tree Wardens agreed to undertake some experimental planting consisting of citrus, fig, apricot, and olive trees.

Commenting, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

”It was wonderful to bring together our city’s Jewish community with the Charles Dickens Community Orchards and Tree Warden volunteers to help transform an unused green space into a community garden.

“Projects like these bring together our city’s communities and am grateful to the all those involved in making this happen”.

The City MP was joined by volunteers from across the city and attendees of the Synagogue to plant the trees at the side of the place of worship. The experimental tree planting is the first of its kind in Portsmouth, sponsored by the Tree Council and Network Rail.

In 2020 Network Rail made the commitment to provide £1million funding to plant thousands of trees within communities across the UK. The Tree Council teamed up with Network Rail to deliver this ambitious community planting programme.