An initiative to leave a lasting legacy from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee has taken root in West Sussex.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a special project to celebrate the 70th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign – the longest of any British monarch – by encouraging people to plant a tree.
West Sussex County Council, along with other local organisations is working with the Lord-Lieutenant’s Office to promote the planting and celebration of trees in the run-up to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.
Green-fingered communities from schools, clubs and businesses to local families and individuals across West Sussex are being urged to play their part and plant a tree.
During her reign, the Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world.
Longer term, the eco-friendly project will arm people with the know-how to plant and nurture more trees as a legacy in their area for now, and for future generations.
Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said:
“Tree planting is vital for people, wildlife and the environment. Planned planting and care boosts biodiversity and combats climate change, and at the same time enhances West Sussex’s rural and urban landscape. And what better way to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee than to plant a tree.
“The best thing about it is that everyone can get involved. Whether you’re a local community group looking to commemorate this historic occasion, or a resident keen to plan a personal Jubilee keepsake in your back garden.
“Everything you need to know about getting involved – including what trees to plant and how to do it – is available on the Queen’s Green Canopy website – and I encourage everyone to take a look.”
The initiative also offers a great way for families and individuals to mark the Jubilee with a sustainable souvenir growing in their garden which can also be marked by mapping onto the official Queen’s Green Canopy website.