The Queen’s Green Canopy 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’.
We are delighted to be involved with this campaign and have pledged to plant 70 specimen trees in prominent locations on council land or other accessible sites such as schools and public open spaces. There were also 700 saplings provided to residents, businesses, schools, charities and associations across the borough. The saplings distributed were from native species (Hawthorn, Hazel, Hornbeam, Field Maple and Wild Cherry), helping to improve the long-term biodiversity of our local area.
We’re thrilled to see so many communities coming together to plant their saplings. Here are some pictures of our local community planting their saplings across the borough:
The initiative has been extremely successful in encouraging individuals, organisations and communities to take part in improving local biodiversity and the habitats of our world’s pollinators. Planting trees is one of the many steps individuals can take to reduce atmospheric emissions and this initiative highlights the importance of taking collective action to improve biodiversity through a hands-on approach.
In addition, the Woodland Trust provides information about how to care for your tree sapling.
The first few years are crucial to a tree’s future health and longevity. It is recommended that between the first 1-3 years of a tree’s life, a tree guard should be used to prevent damage from pests and weeds surrounding the tree should be removed. In addition, it is important to let people know where your saplings are, to prevent accidental damage (by trampling for example) in the early stages of growth.