Britons urged to plant trees to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Green-fingered Britons are urged to plant ‘healthy native trees’ next year to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

  • People across the UK urged to plant a tree for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 
  • Tree-planting initiative, known as The Queen’s Green Canopy, starts next year
  • The initiative has been hailed as a ‘fitting way’ to celebrate the Queen’s reign 

Green-fingered people across the UK are to be invited to plant ‘healthy native trees’ next year for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The tree-planting campaign, known as The Queen’s Green Canopy, is set to mark the 2022 milestone, when Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years.

The initiative has been hailed as a ‘fitting way’ to celebrate the Queen’s reign as it ‘strives to increase and protect our native tree cover which, for centuries, has played such a central role in the life of the nation’.

The project, led by the Cool Earth charity in partnership with the Government and The Woodland Trust, will see communities, charities and schools among others plant trees across the four nations of the UK, with an encouragement to plant healthy native trees likely to thrive in their environments.

Green-fingered people across the UK are to be invited to plant ‘healthy native trees’ next year for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Pictured, The Queen in October

During her reign the Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and organisers of this campaign said the public are being encouraged to come together with the aim of ‘greening’ their local and national environments as a ‘special gift’ to the monarch.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘This difficult year has reminded us all of the importance of the nature and green spaces that surround us.

‘Trees have the potential to transform our communities, connect us with nature and provide homes for precious wildlife. They also have a huge role to play in tackling climate change as we build back greener from the pandemic.

‘As we celebrate Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service, I encourage everyone to get behind this scheme, and go “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”‘

The announcement comes during National Tree Week – the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree-planting season.

The Queen planting a tree during a visit to Salvesen Gardens, a disabled veterans housing development in Edinburgh in 2015

Chairman of the Forestry Commission, Sir William Worsley said: ‘The value of trees has never been clearer and at a time where we must do everything we can to not only tackle climate change, but also adapt to its impacts, I would urge everyone to pick up a spade and plant a tree for the jubilee.’

Environmentalist and Cool Earth trustee, Tony Juniper said: ‘Expanding tree cover is key to the recovery of the world’s natural environment, including here in Britain.

‘Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee marks an excellent opportunity to harness Cool Earth’s expertise to help do that job.’

Dr Darren Moorcroft of the The Woodland Trust, said: ‘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.

‘This is both about caring for and expanding our natural heritage and safeguarding its future for our children in the face of a combined climate and nature crisis.’

 The tree-planting campaign, known as The Queen’s Green Canopy, is set to mark the 2022 milestone, when Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years. Pictured, The Queen with Prince Philip

Cool Earth said more details about the initiative and how to get involved will be announced ‘in due course’.

It follows the announcement made earlier this month that Britain will get an extra Bank Holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Friday, June 3 has been picked as the additional day off. The late May Bank Holiday will also be put back to Thursday, June 2 to create a special four-day weekend.

A blockbuster programme of celebrations is being developed to mark the historic milestone.

Organisers say that it will mix traditional pageantry and ceremonial splendour with cutting edge artistic and technological displays.

At the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Royal Family watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the Red Arrows performed a fly-past

Plans are in place to stage a series of events across four days, from June 2-5 in 2022, which will reflect the Queen’s reign and her impact on the UK and the world since her accession to the throne in 1952.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign.

‘The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations.’

At 94, the Queen is already the longest-living monarch in British history. She surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving ruler five years ago. 

The Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, following the sudden death of her father, George VI. However, her Coronation did not take place until June 2, 1953. 

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