The Tree Council is delighted to have been invited to be a key delivery partner of The Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative encouraging people across the UK to ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’ in honour of the Queen’s history-making 70 years of service to the nation.
Everyone will have a part to play, from individuals to community groups, villages to cities, schools to corporates. Beginning in October 2021 with this year’s tree planting season, The Queen’s Green Canopy will run until the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. It will focus on planting sustainably, particularly in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, to create an environmental and cultural legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership and to mark the longest reign of any British monarch in history.
We are excited about the wonderful opportunities the initiative presents for both The Tree Council and the Tree Warden Network and are currently exploring all the ways in which you, as Tree Wardens, can get involved in this nationwide campaign. Some of you, like Suffolk, may already be engaged. In particular, we are looking forward to launching the Jubilee Fund, a new community grants programme made possible by the generous support of our new Jubilee Partners.
We are in the process of securing 70 green-hearted corporate partners to join our Jubilee Partner programme, which will bring companies together to plant trees and work alongside us to enhance treescapes across the UK. Each Jubilee Partner’s contribution will allow us to plant 500 trees and 100 metres of hedgerow – collectively, that’s an incredible 35,000 trees and 7 kilometres of hedgerow! All the planting will be featured on The Queen’s Green Canopy online map and Tree Warden Networks, community groups and schools will be invited to apply to the Jubilee Fund to deliver community planting projects in their areas.
We look forward to sharing more details about this over the coming months, as well as further information about other opportunities to get involved. In the meantime, you can find out more about The Queen’s Green Canopy online at www.queensgreencanopy.org – and join us in looking forward to a royally exciting year for trees!