TO MARK Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the Queen’s Green Canopy invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
Yesterday, local ward councillors John Dennis and David Winter secured the full backing of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, to encourage active community participation in the tree planting initiative.
Queen’s Green Canopy
On Friday, 14 May the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) was launched with the news that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron, had planted a tree to launch the unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative. A special website has been created to showcase QGC. The aim is to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
QGC will encourage everyone to learn more about the best way to plant trees so that they survive and flourish for years to come. Trees and hedgerows must be planted with care, at the right time of year, in the right place and with species that are not prone to prevailing tree diseases. The QGC initiative will encourage planting during the official planting season, October to March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.
At the ERYC full council meeting yesterday (23 June 2021), Councillor John Dennis moved a motion for the council to support the scheme and encourage full participation from communities across the East Riding. The motion, seconded in a speech by Councillor David Winter, received the full backing of the council.
“People are encouraged to use the summer to plan and fundraise for their Jubilee tree planting projects and be ready for October,” said Councillor Dennis. Referring to the council he said: “We should use our collective powers of persuasion to encourage everyone to participate.”
Free tree packs for schools and communities
There are lots of facets to the QCG, but a basic aim is to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So the initiative involves giving away hundreds of thousands of them. Free tree packs are available to schools and communities for the first tree planting sessions in November 2021.
- Schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres are welcome to apply. Applications can be made by all kinds of different groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides and many more.
- You don’t need to belong to an official organisation. You could even set up a group for the purpose of planting, but you must be not-for-profit. The most important thing is that your group is willing to take on the planning, planting and care of the saplings.
You can find out much more about the scheme from the official website:
CLIMATE EMERGENCY: The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target.