Michael Gove visits Thames Chase

Michael Gove planting a tree

The Thames Chase Trust had great pleasure in welcoming the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Julia Lopez MP (Hornchurch and Upminster) to the Thames Chase Forest Centre.

The Board of Trustees shared and promoted the work of the Thames Chase Trust, the wider Community Forest and its Thames Chase Plan. Particular emphasis was placed on the relationship between the Thames Chase Plan and HM Government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment.

During the visit, the Secretary of State officially opened the adapted bathroom and associated facilities. This valuable project has been delivered in partnership with Positive Parents - a parent forum in Havering representing children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and TrailNet. The Minister also had the opportunity to try out one of the adapted bicycles.

The visit also promoted the ongoing work and achievements of the Heritage Lottery Fund Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme. For the community, Land of the Fanns is a five year programme that began in 2017 that will deliver 27 individual projects aimed at engaging local communities with their local natural, cultural, built and archaeological heritage. The Scheme also aims to bring together a range of people and organisations to work together across the landscape.

The Minister celebrated his visit by planting a tree from the Thames Chase Community Tree Nursery and before departing, thanked the Community Forest trustees, staff & volunteers, and partner organisations for an inspirational visit.

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