Across the nation, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, people will be planting trees to form what is being called ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’.
Briefing from the organisers for Tree Wardens.
In Suffolk we are already well on our way towards a target of 770,000 new trees planted, preserving existing trees and hedges as we go. That number represents one tree for every person in Suffolk. In many ways this scheme is at the heart of Suffolk’s appeal and it’s igniting people’s imaginations up and down the county.
Communities, charities, schools, youth groups, councils and landowners can create a lasting legacy that will enhance our environment and the landscape, for generations to come. The campaign will encourage the planting of healthy native trees and hedges that can thrive in their environments.
Here in Suffolk, everyone is invited to take part in creating this gift to the county as a special celebration of Her Majesty through a programme led by Suffolk Lieutenancy and professional partners. We are looking to you as Tree Wardens to help your communities take part.
How can people get involved?
We want to ensure that everyone in Suffolk can Plant a Tree for the Jubilee, directly or through someone else. We are advising individuals and organisations to contact our professional partners, including Tree Wardens, to help them plant new and maintain existing trees and hedges as single specimens, small copses, woods or forests in rural and urban settings.
There are potential locations throughout the county: parish councils and local churches may know of sites, and we hope that the Tree Warden network can help in around 200 villages. So every community can find a way to take part.
People will take part for many different reasons. Some as part of an existing planting plan, some wholeheartedly to celebrate the Queen. Others may find that the act of planting trees or hedges and preserving existing stock allows them to commemorate people they love, or mark another personal event.
Whilst 2022 is about celebration, we do not forget, and never will, the suffering and loss that has sweptthrough communities during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic; and perhaps in some small way this process might give comfort.
It may be that people would prefer to make a donation in support of tree planting: for this, the Suffolk Community Foundation has established a special Suffolk Canopy Fund.
How will this be recorded?
We hope to ensure that every one of the trees and hedges planted in Suffolk for this scheme will be recorded for posterity through an online database, detailing the location and trees planted, and recording people’s involvement. This will allow anyone to find out more and to visit the trees, where they are on accessible sites. Further details of this will follow later in 2021.
The national Queen’s Green Canopy campaign will also make plaques available for a fee, which provide a long-term physical marker. These will also require people to prove the health and biosecurity of your chosen trees, and a 25-year maintenance plan.
Why trees for the Queen in Suffolk? Why now?
Suffolk is a glorious county with diverse and appealing landscape, much of it a haven for cherished wildlife, and often accessible for walks and more. It’s this environment that makes our county such a lovely place in which to live and work, providing quality of life to Suffolk people of all ages. But we can’t take this for granted, and the Queen’s Green Canopy in Suffolk allows everyone here to contribute to the green future of our county.
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 our shared future. And over the last year, the global Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more aware than ever of the physical, spiritual and mental benefits of green space. The Queen’s Green Canopy comes at the perfect time for people to come together with the common purpose of “greening” their local and national environments.
“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’.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 2020
Our partners for this project as well as the Tree Warden Network are Suffolk County Council, Woodland Trust, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Greenlight Trust, Diocese, National Trust, Royal Forestry Society, Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission, Suffolk Agricultural Association.