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What is ‘Plant a tree for the Queen’s jubilee’? How to take part

Prince Charles introduces the Queen's Green Canopy initiative

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In 2022, the Queen will celebrate an astonishing 70 years on the throne. The Queen, 95, ascended the throne in 1952 at the young age of 25 and she has surpassed all records to become Britain’s longest-serving monarch. To mark her incredible reign, all the stops are being pulled out for her Platinum Jubilee next year.

What is Plant a tree for the Queen’s jubilee?

People are being urged to “plant a tree for the jubilee” to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In 2022, the nation will celebrate the Queen’s 70th year on the throne with a bumper Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

The tree-planting campaign, called The Queen’s Green Canopy, has special significance to the Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles.

In his role as Prince of Wales, Charles has long campaigned for environmental causes and the great outdoors.

Prince Charles has urged people to join him in planting a tree, describing the planting as a “statement of hope and faith in the future”.

In a video message to launch the initiative, he said: “It is absolutely vital that more of the right species of trees are planted, in the right places, and that more woodlands, avenues, hedgerows and hedgerow trees and urban planting schemes are established, whilst ensuring that we also protect and sustain what we already have.

“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.”

The campaign to increase Britain’s greenery has also been backed by the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson said of the initiative: “Our trees stand at the frontline of our fight against climate change and by sustaining our beautiful countryside for generations to come.

“The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fitting tribute to her majesty’s years of service to this country.

“I urge everyone to get involved and ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’.”

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How can you take part?

Everyone can get involved with the new plant a tree campaign.

Along with companies, schools and communities, gardeners are being urged to plant a tree for the occasion.

People have been urged to spend the summer planning their jubilee tree-planting projects.

The Queen’s Green Canopy scheme has been launched to encourage people to plant trees from the start of the tree-planting season in October 2021 through to the end of 2022.

Schools and community groups will also be able to apply for some of the three million free saplings from the Woodland Trust to take part.

As well as planting a tree, people are invited to learn more about woodland within the UK this year and next.

It is hoped the scheme will teach people more about the best time to plant trees and where.

Trees planted as part of the campaign can be logged on an interactive map.

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