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 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.
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.
Danny Seliger from Canary Wharf Group and organiser of the event, said: “The tree planted today is symbolic for a number of reasons. The planting and accompanying lunch brings together Canary Wharf workers and the local community, including schoolchildren. It is very pleasing to see.”
Following the tree planting CWG sponsored a lunch at Clifford Chance and fruit presentations were delivered to various Day Centres for the elderly, including some by Menorah Primary School and Tiferes School.
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CWG 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.
Canary Wharf Group plc has been named one of the Sunday Times 60 Best Green Companies in Britain for three years running.
There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Levi Strauss and Charles Tyrwhitt. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 12 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.
Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
20% of the 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.
Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
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