On Tuesday 27th July 2021, The Lord-Lieutenant launched The Queen’s Green Canopy on the Isle of Wight.
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 it is hoped the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) will see communities, charities, schools, youth groups, councils and landowners planting trees to create a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s 70-year leadership of the Nation.
This vision is captured in the QGC call to action to “plant a tree for the jubilee”.
The emphasis is on quality not quantity – the aim is to plant the right tree in the right place and at the right time. Future stewardship is very important.
The aim is to create a network of individual or specimen trees, tree avenues, copses and woodlands. Planting new trees may take the form of:
- A Platinum Jubilee Avenue of medium-sized or large trees. Ideal for cities, large estates, new housing developments and parishes.
- A Platinum Jubilee Copse on private or public land.
- A Platinum School Tree – schools will be offered a tree for the students to plant (provided free of charge).
- Platinum Jubilee Community planting projects for youth groups, Parishes, Resident’s Associations. Community planting packs are available through the Woodland Trust or community groups may wish to purchase trees from approved suppliers.
- Ancient Woodlands and Veteran Trees with historic links will also be conserved through dedication to The Queen’s Green Canopy.
The dual impact of the climate emergency and the Covid-19 pandemic are at the forefront of the planning and makes this project particularly resonant.
Susie Sheldon, Lord Lieutenant said “I hope this campaign will give everyone the opportunity to take part in the Queen’s jubilee next year. It would be great to see the Island lead the way and create a green canopy for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.
“From this October, all of the planting projects can be uploaded onto a National interactive map. We would encourage everyone who takes part in the planting to upload on to the map as we would like to get as much of the Island covered in green as possible”