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The Queen

Trees for the Platinum Jubilee as new initiative to mark The Queen’s special anniversary is announced

Queen Elizabeth II
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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.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.