The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the United Kingdom to plant trees in Celebration of The Queen’s 70 years of service.

In the Forest of Marston Vale we're working with the Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis to encourage individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” through one of our tree planting initiatives, and asking them to add their Jubilee tree to The Queen's Green Canopy map to celebrate this very special occasion and highlight the fantastic tree planting efforts in Bedfordshire this year.

The sun was shining as about 200 villagers converged on the cemetery off Lorraine Road for Wootton’s Queen’s Green Canopy planting event

By Bob Wallace ǀ Community organiser, Wootton Parish Council

Woman and child using a spade to plant a tree

Image: Simon Randell

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the aim of the QGC is to plant trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation which will benefit future generations – our children’s children and our grandchildren’s children….

In Wootton the Parish Council, working in partnership with the Crown Estate and the Forest of Marston Vale, were planting 70 trees (a tree for each year of Her Majesty’s reign) on land owned by the Parish Council and an adjacent field owned by the Crown Estate. The trees, a mix including oak, wild cherry, rowan, hornbeam, field maple and birch, are being supplied by the Forest of Marston Vale through Defra’s ‘Trees for Climate’ campaign.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire planting a tree with members of the Wootton Parish community

Image: Simon Randell

HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, who is the Queen’s representative in the County unveiled a commemorative display board and planted the first tree.

The remaining trees were planted by members of Wootton's community including representatives from the churches, schools, scout and guiding groups. 

It was fantastic to see the young people of Wootton planting the trees. It is they who will most benefit from this Green Canopy and they will see the trees grow over the years to come.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis said:

"I am delighted to be visiting the Parish of Wootton to take part in their planting day which honours the 70 year reign of Her Majesty The Queen. During this legacy project, which will benefit future generations for years to come, we will see thousands of trees planted in every parish of Bedfordshire. I am grateful to Wootton for the way in which it has embraced the whole community in this exciting initiative.  My thanks go to all those involved, including the Forest of Marston Vale for their generous support".

Free trees and planting support for schools, community groups and organisations

If, like Wootton Parish Council, you're interesting in finding out about how your community can access free trees and planting support as part of our 'Trees for Climate' woodland creation scheme then we'd love to hear from you:

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