Bristol celebrates the planting of 70 Platinum Jubilee trees

Bristol celebrates the planting of 70 Platinum Jubilee trees

Planting of 70 trees across Bristol contributes to the Queen’s Green Canopy.

22 March 2022

The completion of a Lieutenancy-led scheme to plant 70 specimen trees across Bristol was marked by a celebration held in Withywood, today (Tuesday 22 March).

The trees are part of the city’s contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy, a national initiative Bristol City Council is taking part in, to plant thousands of trees as a permanent recognition of Her Majesty’s 70 years of remarkable service as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.

Osborne Clarke, Burges Salmon and Triodos Bank, who were among the corporate donors to fund the 70 trees planted across the city, attended today’s celebration which saw five trees planted in Gatcombe Road. The council played a key role both in procuring funding for the scheme and in planting the trees.

Schools, universities, hospitals, churches and the council have together planted hundreds of trees in Bristol which they have designated as Queen’s Green Canopy trees.

Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy when complete this time next year will be a wonderful and fitting permanent tribute to the unstinting devotion of Her Majesty The Queen to this country and to the Commonwealth during the past 70 years. The enthusiasm of local people and of key businesses and institutions in Bristol for this initiative has been hugely gratifying, showing overwhelming recognition of Her Majesty’s outstanding life of public service. The initiative will continue for another year, enabling many more Queen’s Green Canopy trees to be planted during the planting season this coming winter.” 

Councillor Steve Smith, Lord Mayor of Bristol, said: “We’re grateful to the city’s businesses and our partners who donated funds to support the planting of these new trees across Bristol for the Queen’s Green Canopy. Planting trees enhances our environment and delivers a huge number of benefits to our communities and local ecology, all of which will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Councillor, Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Integrated Care System, and ward councillor for Hartcliffe and Withywood, said: “It’s fantastic to be here today and join this amazing initiative. We want to ensure that all residents across Bristol, no matter where they live, feel real connection to the project, and planting more trees enables us to provide this to people across our city.

“It’s a fitting way to commemorate Her Majesty’s 70-year reign while also helping achieve our ambition to add to the tree cover in the city, which benefits all communities. A huge thank you to the Lord Lieutenant, all the donors, and the funding that has made this a reality.”

Along with the corporate donations, funding for the trees has been provided by the Bristol Tree Forum and the Trees for Cities’ Trees for Streets scheme which is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

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