Wiltshire Nepalese Association plant trees in celebration of International Women's Day

By Jessica Durston - 8 March 2022

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  • Swindon MP Robert Buckland joined in the planting efforts with President of the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire, Mr Gyan Prasad Gurung (to the right of Buckland)

    Swindon MP Robert Buckland joined in the planting efforts with President of the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire, Mr Gyan Prasad Gurung (to the right of Buckland)

Members of the Wiltshire Nepalese Association have marked International Women's Day with a tree planting and a ceremony to honour a past NRNA UK president.

Focussing on the growing global climate change issue, the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire (NAW) in partnership with Nationwide Building Society and Earthwatch Europe, have carried out a tree planting to commemorate the occasion of International Women's Day.

The planting took place at Buckhurst Field, behind the Buckhurst Community Centre in Walcot. 

President of the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire, and candidate for the upcoming Councillors' election, Mr Gyan Prasad Gurung, said this programme was organised to mark the seriousness of the growing climate change issue but also to celebrate International Women's Day. 

Joining Mr Gurung was Swindon MP Mr Robert Buckland, past president of the Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA UK) Mrs Poonam Gurung, and many other social workers and volunteers.

After the planting, Mr Buckland, Mrs Gurung and Mr Prasad Gurung gave a speech, addressing climate change  and also the importance of female empowerment. Around 300 trees were planted, and the Association chose a collection of different species to add variety.

On the same occasion, Mrs Poonam Gurung, was also congratulated and honoured with a ceremony put together by the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire, for completing her two-year tenure with the NRNA successfully.

The Nepalese Association of Wiltshire also distributed their organisation's branded t-shirts to all present participants.

The ceremony was launched by coordinator of the NAW's Woman's Department, Mrs Teju Gurung, and MC duties were carried out by Deputy President of the NAW Ms Manju Buddha Magar.

Mr Buckland was also the Chief Guest of this formal event, joined by an audience of all ages, from youths to senior citizens.

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