Witham: Volunteers spruce up green space

Braintree and Witham Times: Witham: Volunteers spruce up green space Witham: Volunteers spruce up green space

Residents and schoolchildren are hoping to spread happiness throughout Witham by planting trees.

Humber Road Estate Community Initiative and Witham Tree Group were joined by Powers Hall Academy pupils, councillors and MP Priti Patel when they planted 105 trees along a ditch, near the Spa Road playground opposite Asda.

HRECI chairman Kenneth Davies, 66, said: “This shows what the community can do when it pulls together.

“Apparently some surveys have been done which say places with more trees have a 10 per cent higher happiness rating."
 

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10:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Commendable community spirit being displayed by all concerned in the Tree Planting Initiative. I do so hope however that the angelic kids currently involved don’t undergo a ‘hormonal initiated metamorphosis’ in the not too distant future and transmogrify into ‘orrible pimply little toe rags with back to front baseball caps and hoodies who take delight in tearing them all down again.

Just call me an old cynic.

But seriously – Well Done!

I’m not altogether sure though about the somewhat nebulous wishy-washy last paragraph claiming that communal happiness is directly proportional to arboreal density. If that were true surely the good people of Epping should be in state of constant ecstasy?

A quick gander at their local rag doesn’t make for much optimism in that direction I’m afraid to say.

Right now they are coping with a teenager being stabbed in a so called lawless area; thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment stolen during a school break-in; businesses reported as suffering the devastating effects of being repeatedly targeted by a gang of audacious thieves; concern at the local council allowing Morrisons to set up shop; and lo and behold - as though all that isn’t enough to ‘glum them up a bit’- how about also having to come to terms with the fact that the local Circumcision Clinic is coming in for a bit of stick regarding its general quality of service.

There must be something seriously wrong with trees in Epping Forest!
Commendable community spirit being displayed by all concerned in the Tree Planting Initiative. I do so hope however that the angelic kids currently involved don’t undergo a ‘hormonal initiated metamorphosis’ in the not too distant future and transmogrify into ‘orrible pimply little toe rags with back to front baseball caps and hoodies who take delight in tearing them all down again. Just call me an old cynic. [I’ve no doubt you probably just did!] But seriously – Well Done! I’m not altogether sure though about the somewhat nebulous wishy-washy last paragraph claiming that communal happiness is directly proportional to arboreal density. If that were true surely the good people of Epping should be in state of constant ecstasy? A quick gander at their local rag doesn’t make for much optimism in that direction I’m afraid to say. Right now they are coping with a teenager being stabbed in a so called lawless area; thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment stolen during a school break-in; businesses reported as suffering the devastating effects of being repeatedly targeted by a gang of audacious thieves; concern at the local council allowing Morrisons to set up shop; and lo and behold - as though all that isn’t enough to ‘glum them up a bit’- how about also having to come to terms with the fact that the local Circumcision Clinic is coming in for a bit of stick regarding its general quality of service. There must be something seriously wrong with trees in Epping Forest! OMPITA [Intl]

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