EALING’S ancient woodland received a new lease of life on Saturday when hundreds of people creates a new urban habitat on Horsenden Hill for the final day of National Tree Week.

The community planting event, organised by national charity Trees for Cities and Ealing Council, involved 341 volunteers replenishing the.

The new trees will not only bring environmental benefits but some will be used for basket weaving and hedge laying. A total of 5,000 were trees planted on Saturday.

Trees for Cities is working closely with Ealing Council to develop Horsenden Hill into a self-sustaining woodland habitat.

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The project will be a model for urban woodland creation and will be rolled out across the borough and beyond.

Horsenden Hill at Greenford is the largest single nature conservation site in the borough, and the broad grassy summit is the highest point in the borough.

Its long history of farming and other activities has resulted in the hill being scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act.

It is also a popular destination for residents and community groups.