The weather as we set off from Tonbridge today was rather concerning – cold and heavy rain with a chilly breeze, but by the time we got to Princes Park in sunny Eastbourne, the weather was dry and actually beginning to warm up. We first met the highly efficient and friendly Trevor and Barry from Neighbourhood First, Eastbourne Council, who quite rightly wanted to know who had interrupted their Sunday morning by organising a bit of tree planting. After I had confessed, we soon realised we actually relied upon them utterly for practical support and organisation! Our leaders Basil and Labu soon arrived with the essential trees, canes and spiral guards and then another friendly and helpful face appeared – the amazing Luke Jones from Brighton, keen as always to get some trees planted – I knew everything was going to be alright now! Next to appear was the rather wonderful Stephen Lloyd MP in search of a tree-planting event to go to, and then everybody began to arrive on site and suddenly speed was of the essence. The group was the Keral Social Club – The name Keral stands for Kids Educational Recreational Arts and Linguistic. After a brief series of introductions, we got to work, with the youngsters managing their parents to excellent effect!
We had quite a large number of families, I would guess about 10 families, so about 40 or 50 people altogether to get all the trees in – some reinforcement saplings were called for!
We all had a great time tree-planting, and soon it was time for the presentation of the Tree-planting certificates for the youngsters in the group who had worked so hard.
And then of course it was time for the Group Photo, this time with a superb banner and even national flags as well!
So we had had a really great morning with the wonderful Keral Social Club, organised with Trees of Love, Basil especially, skilfully and very kindly supported by Stephen Lloyd, MP, and by the superb staff of Neighbourhood First, Trevor and Basil from Eastbourne Borough Council. Lots of young saplings carefully planted on a chilly morning for a better future environment!