Planting a tree for the jubilee

Preparations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee began today with the planting of a tree in Welwyn Garden City as part of the national Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) initiative.

Group of Council members planting tree

The QGC is a unique tree planting initiative to mark the Jubilee, taking place in 2022. The special project will see organisations and individuals from across the UK encouraged to "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee". With the focus on planting sustainably, the initiative encourages planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen's leadership of the nation, to benefit future generations.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council kicked off the tree planting season and the start of Welwyn Hatfield's involvement with the initiative by planting a tree on the Campus in the heart of Welwyn Garden City last week. The momentous occasion was attended by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Chief Executive, Ka Ng, Council Leader, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Councillor Stephen Boulton, Cllr Peter Hebden, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon and others.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member, Environment, Planning, Estates and Development said:

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council maintains more than 30,000 individual trees and woodlands across the borough, and we recognise that the Council can play a valuable role in promoting sustainability and enhancing the environment for future generations.

We are delighted and proud to be taking part in the Queen's Green Canopy initiative and look forward to enhancing the landscape and biodiversity in our open spaces with the planting of more than 300 street trees, one extra new tree per ward this coming winter and over 2,000 smaller woodland trees across the borough.

In addition to the planting of new trees, The Queen's Green Canopy will dedicate a network of ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service. 

Everyone can take part, even by planting their own trees at home. 

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