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Branching out in memory of late editor with a tree

Spot to be dedicated to Tribune journalist Eric Gordon, who died aged 89 in April

23 July, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Former Islington Tribune editor Eric Gordon

A GREEN initiative launched by Islington parents concerned about air pollution have offered a tree to the Tribune in memory of our late editor.

This week, Islington Clean Air Parents have published a map of potential locations for 200 new trees in Islington, following a request to the public to help identify suitable sites, with one spot to be dedicated to Eric Gordon, who died aged 89 in April.

More than 80 people responded, identifying locations across the borough. These included 150 empty tree pits.

Helena McKeown, leading the tree locations said: “Islington Clean Air Parents wants this project to green urban grey spaces, particularly around schools, nurseries and parks where children who are so vulnerable to the effects of air pollution can benefit from them for many years to come.”

Streets with multiple empty tree pits include Liverpool Road, Drayton Park, Theberton Street, Despard Road and Highbury Place.

Project leader Lucy Facer said: “As well as empty tree pits, residents have identified roads where there are no trees at all, and green spaces where more trees could be planted.”

The group are running a crowdfunder to plant 200 trees in Islington, with the trees having been donated from the Forest for Change installation that took place at Somerset House in June.

So far, over £12,800 has been raised. Anyone donating £150 is invited to sponsor a tree in the name of an individual or organisation.

To donate go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/islington-forest-for-change

• Anyone spotting an empty tree pit or another possible location for a tree can get in touch via email islingtoncleanair@gmail.com
• Anyone interested in finding out more about Islington Forest for Change can book a free ticket to a public zoom meeting on Monday, July 26 at 7.30pm. Book your tickets at: www.islingtoncleanairparents.co.uk

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