Tree planting event at Hainualt Forest Country Park
On Saturday 4th December, Khuddam from Thornton Heath took part in the national Khidmat E Khalq tree planting event at Hainualt Forest Country Park. At the site, Khuddam planted numerous trees of 19 different species.
Trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. They also reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It is estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C. Other environmental benefits include the fact they help to prevent flooding and soil erosion, by absorbing thousands of litres of storm water.
From birds and insects, to bats and squirrels, trees provide a canopy and a habitat for many species of wildlife. But they don’t just act as a home for wildlife; the fruits from trees provide food for them too. Humans also benefit from trees by improving our mental health. When surrounded by trees or taking part in nature-based activities, stress and depression levels can be significantly reduced.
Whilst being at the Forest Khuddam took their time to appreciate the beauty that Allah has created. Despite being in the cold and getting muddy, spirits were high and there was no sign of fatigue, because of how much we enjoyed our day out. It was an excellent way to participate in sadaqah jariyah, which is charity that continues on giving. In regards to this the Holy Prophet (saw) said – “When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them,” (Hadith, Muslim).