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28th May, 2022

Giving many generations to come thousands of reasons to celebrate

Rob George 12th May, 2022

WORCESTERSHIRE has planted more than 16,000 trees, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The tree planting season officially finished at the end of March, until the planting season starts up again in October.

At the latest count, over 16,500 trees have been planted across the county as we count down to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this Summer.

Following on from the county launch of the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ programme at St Barnabas CE Primary School in Worcester last October, Worcestershire schools took full advantage of the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for Schools and Communities Scheme.

The Woodland Trust have provided schools and communities across the country with more than three million saplings in tree packs, available on a first come first served basis.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a national project which launched last year, aimed at encouraging the British Public to plant trees, creating a legacy in honour of The Queen’s 70 years on the throne, which will benefit both current and future generations.

The two sites at Bewdley and Norton for the council’s wider tree planting initiative are now home to 9,000 trees that have been planted across the last two planting seasons.

The planting season may be over for now, but it’s not too late to tell council chiefs where your trees are, we want to make sure all of the county’s new trees are on the nationwide map.

Georgina Britten-Long, a deputy lieutenant for Worcestershire said: “We have been thrilled at the enthusiasm people across the county have shown for this initiative, planting so many trees over the planting season. There are over 25,000 still waiting to be planted once the autumn season starts again.”

Coun Tony Miller, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “I’m really pleased that the county has come together to plant such a significant number of trees in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

“I was really keen to contribute to the effort myself, so using my divisional fund, I have distributed ten Evergreen oak trees to be planted.”

Those who have planted trees are encouraged to add them to the National Queen’s Green Canopy Map and let the Lieutenancy know how many trees they have planted by filling out their online Worcestershire tree planting form.

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