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Shropshire Council supports Queen’s Green Canopy to mark Platinum Jubilee

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Shropshire Council is delighted to be supporting an exciting new tree planting campaign across the UK known as the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

The campaign will see communities, charities, schools, youth groups, councils and landowners planting trees across the four nations to create a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, that will enhance our environment and the landscape for generations to come.

Shropshire Council has already made a pledge to plant a tree for every resident in the county by 2030 and will work with a range of other organisations, including local businesses, to explore how best to promote and fund the QGC and co-ordinate it with other tree planting initiatives which are already ongoing in the county.

These include the council led Community Tree Scheme, and a trial project seeking to increase trees in the farmed environment, like orchards.

Andy Begley, chief executive, said:-

“The Queen’s Green Canopy is a wonderful way to create something so positive for the environment, whilst also honouring Her Majesty’s amazing legacy.

“As part of the plans to get Shropshire involved we are reviewing our estate to identify appropriate commemorative planting opportunities – this will coincide with the upcoming planting season.

“We are also planning to work with local tree nurseries to plan for the availability of suitable trees and exploring opportunities to grow our own tree stock.”

Each project will be marked by a special commemorative plaque and will be uploaded onto a map of the UK to track all QGC projects over the two-year period. The Queen will receive the map of all the projects planted in Her Majesty’s name as a gift from the nation.

It is hoped that people will start planting trees in October 2021 at the start of planting season, with the scheme running until the Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, QGC will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Launching the scheme, Prince Charles said:

“Whether you are an individual hoping to plant a single sapling in your garden, a school or community group planting a tree, a council, charity or business intending to plant a whole avenue of trees or a farmer looking to create new hedgerows, everyone across the country can get involved.”

He said it is vital more of the right species of trees are planted, in the right places and that more woodlands, avenues, hedgerows and urban planting schemes should be established, while protecting and sustaining what we already have.

Shropshire Council will provide more information throughout the year.