The Queen's Green Canopy in West Sussex
#Plant a Tree for the Jubilee
The Lord Lieutenant is supporting the nationwide community campaign to “Plant a Tree for The Jubilee” and a team of Deputy Lieutenants is working with the West Sussex community to support and encourage groups who are keen to take part.
The aim of the Queen’s Green Canopy is to give thanks for Her Late Majesty The Queen's exceptional service over 70 years on the throne and it will be a key part of celebrations planned for this year. At the same time it will help promote the importance of tree planting and tree conservation to the environment.
70 specially selected ancient trees and a dedicated network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK form part of the project. The aim is for the Queen’s Green Canopy planting programme to run through to the end of the Jubilee year. All new trees can be added to a virtual map that covers the whole country.
In west Sussex South Downs National Park Authority plans to plant 4,000 trees in a range of different sites, and The National Trust hopes to plant 13,000 trees, Balcombe, Borde Hill, Goodwood, Leconfield, and Parham Park estates will between them add more than 20,000 trees.
Several local councils are also stepping forward, including Arundel, Adur and Worthing, Chichester, Horsham, Littlehampton and West Hoathly, as well as sports and golf clubs.
Trees have already been planted at Brinsbury College, the South of England Agricultural Society Show Ground, Wiston Estate, Goodwood Estate with pupils from The March School, Rumboldswhyke Primary School in Chichester as part of a nationwide city schools initiative, the Slindon Estate and in the villages of West Hoathly and Staplehurst.
West Sussex has a long held reputation as one of the most wooded counties in the country, but like so many others has suffered the impact of diseases such as Ash Die Back and Dutch Elm. This is a wonderful opportunity to restore lost trees and woodlands for future generations to enjoy and create a powerful legacy in tribute to The Queen.
Anyone can take part; families in their gardens, schools, community groups, neighbours working together, businesses. You can plant one tree, a small copse or a woodland; hedgerows can be included and a new forest of Sea Kelp off the coast of Worthing may also be part of the initiative.
We are very keen to hear from anyone who is planning to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. Please tell us about it so that we can make sure your contribution receives the recognition it deserves.
Further information about Queen’s Green Canopy, including useful tips on how to plant and care for new trees is available on the Queen's Green Canopy website.
For information about Queen's Green Canopy activities in East Sussex, please click here