A unique tree planting campaign across the United Kingdom known as The Queen’s Green Canopy will be created to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
All across the United Kingdom, people will be encouraged to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” through The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. The project will see all Counties of the UK being invited to create a network of individual or specimen trees, tree avenues, copses and woodlands in honour of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service to the Nation. As well as inviting people to plant new trees, existing woodland will also be dedicated to the QGC by erecting commemorative plaques to mark the occasion and preserve forests for the future, in The Queen's name.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is an independent initiative led by an Executive Team drawn from individuals seconded from across Government and the charity, Cool Earth. The Chief Executive is Colonel Dan Rex MVO. The Chairman of the QGC Board is Sir Nicholas Bacon. The team is supported by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and a comprehensive Advisory Board
The campaign will see communities, charities, schools, scout groups, councils and landowners planting trees across the four nations to create a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, that will enhance our environment and the landscape, for generations to come. The campaign will encourage the planting of healthy native trees that will thrive in their environments.
Throughout Her reign, The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the importance of trees in Earth’s future. The Platinum Jubilee will offer an opportunity for people to unite in celebration of The Queen’s lifetime of service in support of the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time which has profoundly changed the lives of all British citizens and generated a much greater public awareness of the need for green space. The Queen’s Green Canopy will encourage people to come together with the common purpose of “greening” their local and national environments. Everyone is encouraged to take part in creating this special gift to Her Majesty by planting, and celebrating, trees at home, and within their community, through their local Government or County programmes.
The Queen’s Green Canopy will be officially launched in May 2021. Further details about the initiative and how to get involved will be announced in due course.