Guru Nanak celebrated in National Tree Week

tree planting

Three new trees have been planted in celebration of what would have been the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, the founding father of the Sikh religion.

They have been planted in Victory Park, Addlestone, during National Tree Week. Local people and the Mayor of Runnymede planted a Quercus Palustris, an Acer saccharinum and a Metasequoia glytostroboides.

Cllr Parshotam Sohi, Mayor of Runnymede, said: 'I am proud to represent many residents of different backgrounds and faiths. Runnymede is a diverse borough, it is home to people of different religions, along with those that do not practice faith.

"This event nicely coincides with National Tree Week, and to take part as a Borough is important, especially given the Climate Change Crisis we are currently facing.

"Guru Nanak was a nature lover. He had talked about nature as manifestation of God and in many of his writings he talks about how we need to learn lessons of life from nature.

"Sikh Holy Scriptures say the purpose of human life is to achieve a blissful state in harmony with everything around us including other people, animals and nature."

The Mayor described the event as "a fantastic, positive, forward thinking initiative" and thanked everyone involved at Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council for making it happen.