Plant a tree for the Jubilee

Planning and Environment
13:28, Wednesday, 19th May 2021

North Lincolnshire Council is supporting a new UK-wide initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by planting trees.

The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign is urging everyone to get involve and Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.

The scheme will tie in with the council’s own ambitious target of planting 172,000 trees – one for every person in North Lincolnshire.

The programme is currently on track, with our online tree counter currently registering 61,464 after only its first few months.

One development under consideration is dedicating part of the two miles of tree planting planned for Scunthorpe’s Queensway to the Queen.

The next planting season begins in the autumn, and everyone from individuals to community groups, local councils and businesses are urged to start planning their plantings.

Messingham Parish has joined many other parish councils across the region in funding and planting nine fruit trees – including vintage varieties – on their allotment site, creating a community orchard. They are now researching more planting for later in the year.

Anyone who has planted a tree is urged to fill in our online form in order to register it on our map and counter.

Schools and community groups will be able to apply for three million free saplings from The Woodland Trust, available on a first come first served basis via their website from June.

The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign was launched by the Prince of Wales, who planted a tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle earlier this year.

It is being backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said: “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’.”

As well as a nationwide tree-planting campaign, the programme includes highlighting Ancient Woodlands and creating a training programme for unemployed young people.

More information is available on The Queen’s Green Canopy website.

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