PEOPLE from all different religious backgrounds came together for a symbolic ceremony in a South Yorkshire town – planting trees to show their unity.
The event, organised by the One Town, One Community initiative in Rotherham, was held in Boston Park, where whitebeam, golden rain, walnut, Himalayan birch, Kashmir rowan, medlar and Turkish hazel were planted.
Rotherham Mayor Coun Rose McNeely and Rotherham Council cabinet member for community development Coun Mahroof Hussain were joined by Maurice Bartley, of Rotherham Interfaith Group, Father Des Sexton, from the Roman Catholic Church, Abdullah Mohammed, from the Yemeni Community Association, Jo Mailer, of Wahung Chinese Community Association, and representatives from churches, mosques and council workers.
Coun Hussain said: “These trees were carefully chosen to represent the population of Rotherham and to symbolise peace and understanding between different groups. All faiths share a love of nature.”