500 trees were planted in Mill Hill Park ahead of National Tree Week. Credit: Barnet Council

Barnet Council has joined people of all ages to plant 500 trees as a tribute to all those affected by Covid-19 and ill health.

The new memorial woodland at Mill Hill Park also honours those who have been affected by the loss or sickness of a loved one.

The tribute can be found in three separate areas in the park extension and is made up of six different species of native trees – field maple, crab apple, wild cherry, hawthorn, alder and goat willow.

A range of organisations helped the council plant, including Flower Lane Day Centre, Brookland Infant School, Etz Chaim Primary School and Dollis Primary School.

The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Alison Cornelius said: “We hope that everyone will enjoy this wonderful woodland – now and for years to come.

“We are proud to have funded the planting of these wonderful trees, and we hope they will be a magnificent sight for everyone to behold.

“They will make our air cleaner and provide beauty for many people from all walks of life for many decades.”