Three Scottish Conservative Councillors have united to promote the Queen’s Green Canopy Project.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees from October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.
With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.
As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
Three million free saplings are available for schools and community groups through the QGC partner, The Woodland Trust. More details are available at www.queensgreencanopy.org
Commenting, Councillor Angus Forbes, who represents the Carse of Gowrie ward, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to mark a very important moment in our country’s history. I hope that we can all grasp the opportunity to plant more trees around Perth and Kinross, which will leave an important legacy for future generations but more importantly help enhance our outdoor spaces.
“I have written to each school in my ward asking them if they will be participating and I am pleased to say that most of them have replied and will be doing so.”
And Councillor Caroline Shiers, who represents Blairgowrie and the Glens, added: “Perth and Kinross is renowned for being Big Tree Country and the idea of participating in the Queen’s Canopy project is one that I am sure many schools, groups and individuals will want to take part in, so we can add more trees to our beautiful part of Scotland as part of the celebrations to mark the 2022 Jubilee Year.
“I was interested to note that individuals who plant a tree are encouraged to put a plaque in place to remind future generations why the tree was planted so the event is marked for years to come as the trees grow.”
And Councillor John Duff, who represents the Highland ward, commented: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fitting way to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year and to honour The Queen’s dignified leadership of our great nation for the last 70 years.
“Planting a tree is not only a terrific way to mark the occasion, it’s an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and help to safeguard it for our children and our grandchildren. I hope that as many of us as possible will ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.’”