The Queen’s Green Canopy launches to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
Earlier this year The Queen joined The Prince of Wales, Patron of The QGC, for the first Jubilee tree planting at Windsor Castle.
The Prince of Wales planted a Verdun Oak to launch The QGC, which were first planted in the UK after WW1, cultivated from acorns collected from the battlefield at Verdun.
The acorns were sent from France to be distributed as war memorials.
Over the years, The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees across the world, and Her Majesty has also spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough about the importance of trees in the Earth’s future.
From October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022, everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees.
Today marks the launch of The Queen’s Green Canopy, a tree planting initiative to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and to enhance our environment now, and for generations to come. The initiative invites people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”!
With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.
As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
From June, schools and community groups can apply for three million free Queen’s Green Canopy saplings through the Woodland Trust.
Those who have planted a tree can submit a photograph to The QGC interactive map on the website, which will be used to track Jubilee tree plantings from October this year.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented on the launch saying:
“By sustaining our beautiful countryside for generations to come, the Queen’s Green Canopy is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s years of service to this country. I am proud to support this and urge everyone to get involved and plant a tree for the Jubilee.”
Locally, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has welcomed the launch of the UK wife Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
Mayor Councillor, Peter Johnston said:
“The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fitting tribute in marking Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year as our monarch.
“By taking part in this scheme we are also being given the opportunity to do something positive for the environment whilst at the same time sustaining our beautiful countryside for generations to come.
“As a Council we will be participating in the scheme and I would encourage schools and community groups to apply for a share of the three million free saplings from the Woodland Trust as part of the project.”
For more information on the QGC initiative visit: www.queensgreencanopy.org