THE QUEENS GREEN CANOPY
“PLANT A TREE FOR THE JUBILEE”
The launch of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) took place on Monday 17th May as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Virtual Chelsea Flower Show. Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of the RHS. The 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.” Everyone from individuals to youth groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to plant trees from October 2021 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 the 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 QGC 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.
Tree planting season - October to March
The QGC 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. The countdown to planting season begins at the launch on 17th May. People are encouraged to use the summer to plan their Jubilee tree planting projects and be ready for October.
The Queen’s Green Canopy Map
From October, all planting projects can be uploaded onto an interactive map on the new QGC website so that everyone can share and inspire others, as well as creating a green canopy of projects to cover the country. The map is embedded within the QGC website.
The QGC is a not-for-profit initiative and money raised will benefit deprived areas and urban schools primarily through our QGC partner, Trees for Cities. The QGC will also offer people the opportunity to commemorate loved ones through the donation of a Jubilee tree.
The planting of new trees across the United Kingdom may take the form of:
- INDIVIDUALS planting trees on their private land.
- CORPORATES and businesses planting trees on their land and creating tree planting projects with employees.
- PLATINUM JUBILEE COMMUNITY PLANTING - projects for youth groups, Parishes, Residents’ Associations etc.
- A PLATINUM JUBILEE AVENUE of medium-sized or large trees ideal for cities, large estates, new housing developments and parishes.
- A PLATINUM JUBILEE COPSE on private land or land allocated by the County or Council.
- A PLATINUM SCHOOL TREE – all schools are encouraged to actively engage with the QGC. Schools may apply for free saplings through the Woodland Trust on the QGC website from July. These are available on a first come-first served basis. In addition to this, the QGC will make contact with as many state schools in the UK as possible to arrange free trees through our partner organisations. The number of free trees available will depend on donations received. There is also an education hub on the website which provides materials for schools.
The Queen’s Green Canopy website and social media channels
The new QGC website - www.queensgreencanopy.org
The QGC social media channels will also go live supported by a “takeover” of the Royal Family’s Instagram stories. Please follow the QGC and the launch at these handles and hashtags:
Instagram: @queensgreencanopy / @theroyalfamily / @clarencehouse
Twitter: @qgcanopy / @royalfamily / @clarencehouse
Facebook: @queensgreencanopy / @thebritishmonarchy
LinkedIn: @queensgreencanopy / @theroyalfamily
Hashtags: #queensgreencanopy #plantatreeforthejubilee #jubileetree #qgclaunch
We encourage our partners and supporters to re-share and retweet our posts on the QGC.
The Queen’s Green Canopy Partners
Collaboration is central to the QGC. We are proud to partner with the following charities, social enterprises and Government Departments to help us plant and protect trees across the UK.
Cool Earth is the international climate charity working alongside communities living in the world’s most threatened rainforest. Building on the successful Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project, Cool Earth are the hosts of The Queen’s Green Canopy, enabling the initiative through the provision of necessary infrastructure.
The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the United Kingdom, with over 500,000 supporters. The Woodland Trust works in support of a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. In addition to sharing their expertise, the Trust has committed three million free saplings to schools and communities across the UK as part of the QGC initiative.
The Royal Horticultural Society
Committed to inspiring a passion for horticulture, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK’s leading gardening charity. The launch of the QGC coincides with the start of the RHS’s virtual Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS will also be supporting the QGC during the physical event in September. As Patron, The Queen typically visits the flower show alongside Members of the Royal Family.
Trees for Cities
Trees for Cities (TfC) is a national charity operating in towns and cities across the UK with the goal to create healthy, accessible, functional and resilient urban forests for today and for future generations. TfC will support the delivery of the QGC programme in urban areas, helping to target places of greatest social and environmental need.
The Forest Canopy Foundation
The Forest Canopy Foundation (FCF) is made up of independent private sector forestry companies who manage an innovative scheme, combining public and private finance and landowner interest to achieve woodland planting that all can be proud of. The FCF will provide expert advice for companies wishing to participate in the QC initiative, particularly those who wish to do extensive planting.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are the Government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Trees planted as part of the QGC initiative will contribute to the UK Government’s tree planting and woodland creation commitments.
The Queen’s Green Canopy Platinum Supporters
The Queen’s Green Canopy is grateful to be working with a select group of Founding Platinum Supporters: Royal Mail Group, Coutts, The John Lewis Partnership, Rentokil-Initial, Coupa, The Salomon Oppenheimer Philanthropic Foundation and Roger & Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust.