Trees for the Queen

April 28 2022

SCHOOLS have taken part in a scheme to plant trees to mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

The Queen's Green Canopy is a national initiative for the Platinum Jubilee.  It has been led in Bristol by the Lord Lieutentant, Peaches Golding, who said the project was a wonderful and fitting permanent tribute to the unstinting devotion of Her Majesty .

"The enthusiasm of local people and of key businesses and institutions in Bristol for this initiative has been hugely gratifying, showing overwhelming recognition of Her Majesty’s outstanding life of public service. The initiative will continue for another year, enabling many more Queen’s Green Canopy trees to be planted during the planting season this coming winter.” 

Councillor Steve Smith, Lord Mayor of Bristol, said: “We’re grateful to the city’s businesses and our partners who donated funds to support the planting of these new trees across Bristol for the Queen’s Green Canopy. Planting trees enhances our environment and delivers a huge number of benefits to our communities and local ecology, all of which will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Cabinet member Councillor Helen Holland, said: “We want to ensure that all residents across Bristol, no matter where they live, feel real connection to the project, and planting more trees enables us to provide this to people across our city.

“It’s a fitting way to commemorate Her Majesty’s 70-year reign while also helping achieve our ambition to add to the tree cover in the city, which benefits all communities. ”

Along with the corporate donations, funding for the trees has been provided by the Bristol Tree Forum and the Trees for Cities’ Trees for Streets scheme which is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.