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Queen’s Green Canopy: “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”

Friday, 8 October 2021

We're supporting The Queen’s Green Canopy, a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Everyone from across the UK is being invited to plant trees this month which marks the start of the tree planting season (October to April).

To officially launch the event locally, we've planted seven trees in Jubilee Wood in Biggleswade and are working with the Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, to raise awareness of the Queen’s Green Canopy project and to work with community groups, parish and town councils and schools to apply for tree funds.

We hope as many people as possible will have the opportunity to plant a tree for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations across Central Bedfordshire.

Representatives in attendance at event, include:

  • HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis
  • Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, Councillor Richard Wenham
  • Mayor of Biggleswade, Councillor Madeline Russell
  • Lead for the Bedfordshire Queen’s Green Canopy Group, Rod Calvert
  • our Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation, Councillor Steve Dixon
  • Deputy Mayor of Biggleswade, Councillor Grant Fage

Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis and Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Wenham, leading the tree planting in Jubilee Wood, Biggleswqade.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, said:

It is delightful to be here today in this beautiful Jubilee Wood in Biggleswade, to demonstrate the commitment of the people of Bedfordshire to plant trees as part of The Queen's Green Canopy project to mark Her Majesty's Jubilee in 2022. Trees are a symbol of hope for the future, I am excited at the prospect of saplings being planted in every parish of our county, with the involvement of all parts of our wonderfully diverse communities and all age-groups. What an amazing thought that one hundred years from now, children will be playing under the shady branches of these trees.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council said:

The seven trees we have planted here today at Biggleswade Jubilee Woods represent the seventy years of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we encourage everyone across Central Bedfordshire to get involved with their own Queen’s Green Canopy projects.

This campaign will create a legacy which will enhance our environment and landscape for generations to come. The pandemic has changed all our lives, with people much more aware of the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.

To register your interest for the Queen’s Green Canopy and future tree events, please email: begreen@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Tree planting information packs and details on how communities can apply for a tree fund will soon be available on our website.