She’s planted plenty of her own and now it’s hoped others will take inspiration from the Queen and plant a tree to mark her Platinum Jubilee. People across the UK are being asked to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign by adding a new tree to their garden.
The initiative, called The Queen’s Green Canopy, will formally launch in 2021 but the idea has been announced now to mark National Tree Day which runs in the UK from November 28th to December 6th 2020. The project is being organised by charity, Cool Earth, alongside the Woodland Trust and the UK government. Cool Earth works alongside local communities around the world to reduce deforestation and tackle climate change. It said more details of the scheme would be announced shortly.
It’s hoped that schools as well as businesses, charities and homeowners will all take part in the tree planting in 2022 when Elizabeth II becomes the first British Monarch to mark a Platinum Jubilee. The focus will be on planting native species with Dr Darren Moorcroft of the Woodland Trust saying ”There is no more fitting way to celebrate Her Majesty’s Jubilee than through striving to increase and protect our native tree cover which, for centuries, has played such a central role in the life of the nation.”
In 2012, a scheme to plant six million trees across the UK to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee took place. The new project was announced as the Prince of Wales gave his backing to another initiative to increase tree cover in the UK. Charles is backing the BBC Countryfile scheme, Plant Britain, which aims to plant 750,000 new trees in the UK.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated between June 2nd and June 5th 2022.