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Radlett Reform Cheder plant 400 trees at Jewish Care for Tu BiShvat

Radlett Tu BiShvat 1The Radlett Reform Synagogue Cheder visited Jewish Care’s Sandringham care campus in Stanmore, where around 65 volunteers – including staff, leaders, parents and children – planted more than 400 trees for Tu BiShvat. The trees will be enjoyed by everyone who lives at and visits the beautiful grounds.

When Radlett got in touch with Jewish Care to see whether there was a gardening project that they could help with, the charity suggested the volunteers come and help plant the trees that had been donated by the Woodland Trust and TCV (The Conservation Volunteers).

Jewish Care’s Senior Gardener at Sandringham, Anthony, was amazed that the group managed to plant 400 trees in just over two hours. He said: “They were like busy bees and so helpful! Everybody got stuck in and it was an amazing project.”

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Jamie Shone, Jewish Care’s Youth Services Lead, added: “Engaging young minds in community volunteering initiatives like this and celebrating our Jewish values, is the heartbeat of Jewish Care. Together we can make a greater impact and strengthen not only the roots of the trees but the bonds with the community.

“We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers. Thank you so much for coming to everyone from Radlett Reform Synagogue for coming to plant the trees for us. We are looking forward to getting together again soon.”

Radlett’s Claire Richman, who has two sons in the Cheder, told of the enjoyment the morning brought for parents and children alike.

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She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed our morning. It felt wonderful to be part of something so positive; planting 400 trees that will bring joy to the residents, provide habitats for surrounding wildlife and marking the symbolic beginning of springtime together as a community.

“My two boys were also delighted with a morning spent playing in the forest and digging into the mud with their friends. Thank you again to everyone involved for making this possible.”

Jewish Care’s Sandringham care campus sees many visitors all year round and welcomes volunteers. The new trees will be enjoyed by everyone at Sandringham, including Jewish Care’s Anita Dorfman House care home, tenants at Pears Court Retirement Living apartments, members, volunteers, and staff, the Ronson Family Community Centre and The Zalman and Ruchi Noé Centre for people living with dementia. The site is also home to the local Jewish Care’s Social Work and Community Support Team.

  • Please send your congregation’s Tu BiShvat pictures, and a sentence or two about what you did, to SimonR@progressivejudaism.org.uk so we can build a full gallery next week.
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