The crowdfunding drive to pay for a Christmas tree for Wanstead has smashed through its target. At the time of writing, Â£3,646 had been pledged by people who wanted to ensure the traditional tree would be installed on George Green.
Redbridge Council withdrew its Â£3,000 funding for the tree as part of budget cuts.
The fund was organised by Conservative councillor Colin Cronin, who says on the crowdfunding site that the surplus “will be used to fund projects in our local area to continue enhancing our beautiful Wanstead”. He suggests a new swing, a bench or tree, and says suggestions will be voted on by the community after Christmas.
As well as many small donations, there were two pledges of Â£750 (from estate agents Petty Son & Prestwich and Keatons) and one of Â£500. Donations can still be made until the end of October.