Thank Goodness for Trees!
Artist Andrea Mason teamed up with Bankside Urban Forest and the residents of the Sumner Estate on Southwark Street, to host a 'Thank Goodness for Trees!" garden tea party. The party coincided with the planting of 11 trees in the communal garden on the estate, generously funded through the Forestry Commission's London Tree and Woodland Community Fund.
11 Lime (Tilia ssp) were planted in the Gardens by local residents. The tree planting complements wider proposals to improve the stretch of Great Guildford Street between Southwark Street and Park Street, which will see pavements widened, traffic calmed and further tree planting and greening to make it a more pleasant street for pedestrians and cyclists. The proposals will also link in to the Tate Modern Project landscape proposals for the southern landscape of the Tate Modern.
The trees were dressed in celebration with ribbons and trinkets. Staff from BOST were on hand to give free 'plants to the people' which was particularly popular. A huge thank you is also due to Tate Modern Regeneration Team who helped co-ordinate the activities through their 'Thank Goodness...' club.
As of 2012 over 160 new trees have been planted throughout Bankside through the various projects delivered as part of Bankside Urban Forest.