Tree planting to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The date for the planting, 11 March 2022, was chosen as it is the 70th day of the year in which the Queen celebrates the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The English Oak trees, known to be the Queen’s favourite tree species, were planted at Plock Court, Longlevens – one to represent Gloucester City Council and the other Gloucestershire County Council.

They will form part of a new Platinum Jubilee Woodland, to be made up of 4,000 new saplings made available through collaboration between the city council, county council, the Woodland Trust and the Royal Forestry Commission.

It is all part of a tree planting initiative set up for the Platinum Jubilee called the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), which aims to encourage everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties and schools to plant trees during the Jubilee year.

The project aims to create a legacy to benefit future generations and highlight the value of trees and woodlands to slow the impact of climate change, clean the air we breathe, create wildlife habitats and improve our health and wellbeing.

The trees at Plock Court were planted by the Mayor of Gloucester, Cllr Collette Finnegan, and Cllr Alan Preest, chair of Gloucestershire County Council, and the ceremony was attended by civic dignitaries, political leaders and officers from the city and county councils.

Sybil Ruscoe, Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, said: “It’s a wonderful occasion to see these trees planted as a civic tribute for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s a special year for everyone to celebrate and this will form part of a stunning woodland that will be enjoyed by many residents and visitors for generations to come.”

Mayor of Gloucester, Cllr Collette Finnegan, said: “It’s a great honour to be able to plant these trees in our city to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, as part of Gloucester’s largest ever tree planting season. The lasting legacy of the Platinum Jubilee Woodland will be a fitting tribute to the Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations.”

Cllr Alan Preest, chair of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m delighted to see these trees planted as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This woodland will be an area for many generations to cherish, that will help everyone to appreciate the environment and learn how trees can help with climate change.”

Planting more trees will help us work towards a Greener Gloucestershire by improving air quality. To find out more follow #GreenerGloucestershire on social media, visit our Greener Gloucestershire webpages and sign up to receive updates via our Greener Gloucestershire newsletter.

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