This year, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was just 25 years old.
The countdown has already begun for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations as Rochford District Council start planning a tree planting project, at Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park, to mark the monarch’s 70th year as head of state. The trees will form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a project which invites people from across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’
The Council’s Woodlands Team have chosen to plant Hornbeams, as they are a hardy native of the UK. They are often found in a woodland setting, and are generally resilient to pruning, meaning that the ongoing management of these trees will encourage a healthy canopy for many years to come.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “This unique celebration is something that Great Britain has never seen before and really is a great opportunity to bring the nation together as we honour Her Majesty The Queen.
“We have chosen to honour the anniversary by planting trees so that residents, businesses and visitors will all benefit from not only a lasting visual tribute, but one which will help to reduce air pollution, absorb carbon, and improve mental and physical wellbeing.
“Anyone can get involved in the Queen’s Green Canopy including community groups, businesses and individuals, and I would encourage as many people in the district as possible to take part”.
More information on the Queen’s Green Canopy.
If you wish to join the campaign, please register your interest here for tips and advice on planting your trees.