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A national tree-planting initiative, created to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has been extended until the end of March 2023, allowing people to plant trees to honor the Queen, who died on 8 September 2022.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) was due to end in December this year, however, as the official UK tree planting season runs from October to March, King Charles III has extended the program by three additional months.
In a statement, the QGC said: “Following the wishes of our patron, His Majesty the King, the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative will be extended until the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memory to honor Her Majesty.
‘The Queen’s Green Canopy is proud to create a living legacy with over one million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the country during the first planting season, from October 2021 to March 2022. The extension of the QGC initiative will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and her people.
The initiative encouraged communities, charities, councils, cities, businesses and homeowners to plant healthy native trees that will thrive. Those who plant a tree are invited to record them on a special interactive map.
At the Chelsea Flower Show Fall 2021, the RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden designed by David Dodd, highlighted the vital importance of trees and forests to the environment, while honoring the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It featured three hay bale sculptures, over 3,500 plants, a colorful wildflower meadow for wildlife, and a towering green and purple forest made up of 21 trees, including multi-stemmed Swedish birch, hornbeam, and beech.
Planting trees is something all gardeners can do to positively tackle climate change and help wildlife, and during her reign the Queen impressively planted over 1,500 trees worldwide.
For more information on how you can get involved and plant a tree in honor of the Queen, go to queensgreencanopy.org.