900 Jubilee Trees Planted

As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, the Duchy of Lancaster is to plant almost 900 trees across its estates in Cheshire, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative.

70 commemorative oak and pear trees have been planted across the key farm holdings and a new Jubilee Wood has been created in Lancashire as part of a wider biodiverse planting scheme of almost 300 trees on the Wyreside estate. Led by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, a number of Deputy Lieutenants and their partners planted 60 trees within the new Wood as part of their celebration of the Platinum Jubilee earlier this week. Additional Jubilee trees have been planted at Lancaster Castle, in the villages of Crewe Green in Cheshire, Dunsop Bridge in Lancashire, Rushden in Northamptonshire, Needwood in Staffordshire and Scalby in Yorkshire, as well as in the garden of The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in London.

A spinney of over 500 trees has been planted at the entrance to the Duchy’s holiday cottages in Scalby near Scarborough and an avenue of snowdrops, crocuses, bluebells, daffodils and poppies will be established later in the year in celebration of The Queen’s 70 years as Duke of Lancaster. Parkland trees have been planted on the approach to the site and a fruit tree orchard has been created adjacent to the walled garden to enrich biodiversity and create an additional sensory celebration during the blossom season.

Commenting on the Duchy’s involvement in the project, Duchy Head of Rural Carol Hawkey said: “We are delighted to be able to play our part in the ‘Plant A Tree For The Jubilee’ initiative launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in May last year. Habitat creation and landscape enhancement is an important part of the Duchy’s long-term environmental strategy and this is an excellent and fitting opportunity to bring some of these planting schemes forward. We are delighted that our staff, tenants and partners across the estates have been able to take part in the project, celebrating this Jubilee year and creating a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Everyone across the UK is invited to plant trees from October 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. The scheme is designed to generate a network of individual trees, avenues, copses and woodlands honouring The Queen’s extraordinary service and creating a green legacy right across the UK.

Any trees planted from October 2021 to the end of 2022 can be part of the QGC. For further information or to register a Jubilee tree please visit: https://queensgreencanopy.org/