The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee."
How can you get involved?
Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, school and corporates are encouraged to plant trees from October 2021 when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.
The Queen’s Green Canopy will encourage everyone to learn more about the best way to plant trees so that they survive and flourish for years to come. Trees and hedgerows must be planted with care, at the right time of year, in the right place and with species that are not prone to prevailing tree diseases. The QGC initiative will encourage planting during the official planting season, October to March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.
People are encouraged to use the summer to plan their Jubilee tree planting projects and be ready for October.
Through QGC Partner The Woodland Trust, schools and community groups will be able to apply for three million free saplings, available on a first come first served basis. Details will be outlined on www.queensgreencanopy.org from June, alongside expert advice from our partners about tree planting “best practice” – including where to plant and how to secure a healthy tree which is right for the location. Faith Leaders from across the UK, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, are also urging faith communities to plant trees in honour of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the nation, through The Queen’s Green Canopy.
A special interactive map has been created to track the Jubilee tree plantings on the QGC website so that everyone can share and inspire others, as well as creating a green canopy of projects to cover the country.
How else will the QGC celebrate the Platinum Jubilee?
Throughout Her reign, The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the importance of trees in the Earth’s future.
As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will highlight and showcase 70 amazing and irreplaceable Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
Training programme for unemployed young people
The QGC project will also create a pilot training programme for unemployed young people aged between 16-24 through Capel Manor College, London’s only specialist environmental college of which The Queen Mother was Patron, to plant and manage trees.
Launch of The Queen's Green Canopy
The Queen joined The Prince of Wales for the first Jubilee tree planting in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Spring 2021, during the tree planting season, to mark the launch of The Queen's Green Canopy initiative.
The tree planted was a ‘Verdun Oak’ (Quercus petraea) and was propagated by the Savill Garden team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 2019. Verdun trees are oak and horse chestnut trees, planted in the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the First World War. Acorns and chestnuts were collected from trees on the battlefield at Verdun, and sent to England to be distributed and planted as war memorials.
"Planting a tree is a statement of hope and faith in the future." Watch a video message by The Prince of Wales, Patron of The Queen's Green Canopy, to mark the launch of the initiative to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.