Portsmouth Sikhs are all set to plant trees as the UK community prepares to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday celebrated in November.
They will plant 550 trees on the A27 flyover roundabout at the top of Eastern Road this autumn, joining a movement inspired by US-based EcoSikh to plant 1 million trees to mark the major Sikh religious marker.
“And the group EcoSikh is aiming to plant a million trees this year in 1,820 locations. We thought it would be a good idea for us to also plant 550 trees,’ CS Chadha, the education officer for the Punjabi Educational Social Cultural and Religious Organisation in Portsmouth, told Portsmouth News.
“We felt that this area of very dense traffic so it would also benefit from this to improve air quality and pollution management.”
The trees planted will be a mix of hawthorn, dogwood, wild cherry, silver birch, rowan and hazel.
On 25 Aug, Sikhs in Myanmar planted 550 tree saplings near a famous Buddhist temple in Nay Pyi Daw. Sikh communities globally have taken up tree planting as part of their celebration of Guru Nanak’s upcoming 550th birthday.
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Myanmar Sikhs paint earth green with 550 tree saplings (Asia Samachar, 26 Aug 2019)