Group of people including the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire planting trees

Images: Courtesy of the office of the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis and her team of Deputy Lieutenants were delighted to visit Millennium Country Park in the Forest of Marston Vale on Monday 21st March, which coincided with International Day of Forests. The team, supported by the Forest of Marston Vale, held a tree planting ceremony to celebrate The Queens Green Canopy during the year of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Lord-Lieutenant, who recently became The Forest of Marston Vale’s Patron, invited Deputy Lieutenants from across Bedfordshire to take part in this iconic project and seven oak trees were planted to commemorate each decade of Her Majesty’s reign. The tree planting ceremony provided an opportunity for the Lieutenancy Team to come together in person and personally play a part in creating a feature which will be a lasting legacy for many years to come.

HM Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis said

"It has been thrilling to witness the enthusiasm of communities. businesses, schools and faith groups who are so actively engaging in this wonderful legacy project to plant trees in every parish of Bedfordshire. My sincere thanks to all of our Local Authorities in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton and to the Forest of Marston Vale for working so effectively and passionately together to support the creation of woodland that will flourish for generations to come."

Forest Director James Russell says

“It was a pleasure and an honour to be hosting the Lord-Lieutenant and the Deputy Lieutenants tree planting event in this very special year. Planting trees today ensures that the Forest continues to grow and provide benefits to people, wildlife and the planet for many years. We’re delighted that the Lord-Lieutenant chose to plant trees in the Forest of Marston Vale as part of Bedfordshire’s ongoing Jubilee celebrations.”

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