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Queen's Green Canopy, Dorset
Councillor Val Pothecary with Lord-Lieutenant Angus Campbell.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a new initiative that encourages people across the UK to plant trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Dorset Council supported this new nationwide initiative with a tree planting ceremony at County Hall in Dorchester by Councillor Val Pothecary, Chairman of Dorset Council, and Lord-Lieutenant Angus Campbell earlier this week.

The idea is for people – both individuals and organisations – to plant as many trees as possible around the country during the tree-planting seasons that run from October 2021 through to March 2022, and again from October 2022 to the end of next year.

This initiative will not only celebrate the Queen’s long reign but it will also have a positive impact on the environment and help to counter the damaging effects of climate change.

The project will see thousands of new trees planted, as well as a range of activities that will see ancient woodlands and forests protected for the future.

Councillor Val Pothecary said: ‘We are proud to kickstart this initiative in Dorset with an English Oak planted at County Hall this week. This will leave a lasting legacy to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

‘The Queen’s Green Canopy is a great opportunity for the county to come together and plant more trees and we want to encourage community groups, organisations and Dorset residents as well as town and parish councils to join us in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

‘I am looking forward to seeing how Dorset gets behind this fantastic new project.’

The QGC initiative will encourage planting during the official planting season, October to March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.

The aim is to see new planting everywhere which embrace all parts of every community. The act of planting and caring for a tree can be an effective way of increasing awareness of the environment around it.

To learn more about the project, visit: www.queensgreencanopy.org. This provides advice about how best to select and plant trees.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy 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.

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