Wednesday 15 January 2014 – Media Release
Canary Wharf Marks Tu B’Shvat Festival with Tree Planting
The latest tree to be planted on the Canary Wharf Estate has extra significance for the local Jewish community, following a special ceremony today.
Representatives from Canary Wharf Group and other Canary Wharf-based companies and some of the elderly from the surrounding area, marked the Jewish Festival of Tu B’Shvat by planting a tree in Jubilee Park, adding to over 1,000 trees already planted around the Canary Wharf Estate.
Also present at the ceremony were 30 children with accompanying adults from the Bnos Beis Yaakov Primary School, a Jewish Day School in North West London. They sang songs and interacted with the elderly, presenting them with fruit baskets made in honour of the festival. Later in the week, the children will distribute these packages at Rubens House, a Jewish care home in Finchley.
Today is the beginning of the Jewish ‘new year’ for trees, occurring on the fifteenth day of the month of Shvat. Scholars believe the festival originally marked the emergence of spring; it is also used for calculating the correct time of the year for tithing produce.
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About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
20% of the Canary Wharf Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. The Group reports sustainability performance using the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines achieving a commendable B+ level and is also aligned with the EPRA Best Practices Recommendations.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.