The Queen's Green Canopy Tree Planting Ceremony
The Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton has attended a tree planting ceremony at Bourne Hill Secret Garden in Salisbury, organised by Wiltshire Council.
As part of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, the Lord-Lieutenant planted a Malus 'Indian Magic' crab apple tree, which is known for stunning pink blossoms in the spring and small red fruits in the autumn. Also in attendance were Secret Garden Volunteers who have been looking after the garden for around six years.
This ceremony was part of The Queen's Green Canopy, which is a unique tree planting programme launched to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and to create a legacy in honour of The Queen's 70 years of service. By planting trees throughout the country, the initiative aims to highlight the importance of trees and woodland as natural methods to clean the air that we breathe, reduce climate change and create habitats for wildlife.
Mrs Troughton said:
This tree is a superb addition to the Secret Garden and will be enjoyed by visitors, Wiltshire Council staff members, and newly married couples taking photographs after their ceremony for many years to come.
Such tree planting is a great way to support the Queen's Green Canopy. I would like to thank Wiltshire Council and the Secret Garden Volunteers for such a lovely way to help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee occurring in 2022.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:
We're delighted to support this initiative and we hope the tree brings joy to the community long into the future.
We'd encourage people to get involved in the Queen's Green Canopy as it's a project that will enhance our local environments while leaving a lasting legacy.
Bourne Hill Secret Garden provides a great space for reflection and relaxation especially in the summer months and is open to the public. More information about the work and fundraising of the volunteers and the garden's history is available at www.sgv-greenteam.com/.
As part of the project, everyone is being encouraged to 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee' especially during the planting season, which takes place during October to March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing. Schools, Towns and Parishes, landowners and many other individuals are getting involved. It's a great way to help fight climate change and provide a more sustainable future for generations to come.
Any trees planted as part of the project can to be added to the QGC Map, which will create a digital record of the green canopy of tree planting projects across the country.
More information about the Queen's Green Canopy initiative and how you can get involved is available at the website The Queen's Green Canopy (queensgreencanopy.org).