Residents have been planting hundreds of trees across Nansledan as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, which has been extended to March to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty.
The Queen’s Green Canopy was created as a nationwide project to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It was due to conclude in December, the end of the Jubilee year, but was extended at the wishes of His Majesty The King, who is Patron of the project, following the passing of Her Majesty in September.
As the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, the initiative will now include the full tree planting season and conclude in March 2023.
Earlier this year, the Duchy of Cornwall offered every household in Nansledan a free tree to plant as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy from a list of species drawn up by the Duchy’s Head Forester, Geraint Richards.
More than 300 households signed up during the summer and the Duchy took delivery of a consignment of trees in early November. Members of the Duchy’s Nansledan team, led by project administrator Tracey Nicholas with support from Jonathan Rogers and Rohan Thomas, have been distributing the trees in recent weeks.
Ben Murphy, Estate Director at the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “Over a million trees have already been planted across the UK in Her Majesty’s name as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, creating a living legacy that will serve as an enduring tribute to Her Majesty’s selfless service to her country and people. I am proud that residents across Nansledan have taken this project so much to their hearts.”
Geraint Richards, who sits on The Queen’s Green Canopy national Project Board, added: “Trees play such a vital role in the urban environment, not just for enhancing biodiversity and mitigating climate change, but also for our health and wellbeing. With the project now extended into next year we hope many more residents will choose to plant a tree.”
Among the hundreds of residents to have received their tree are partners George Barber and Emmie-Jo Barnes (pictured top). George said: “We think the green canopy is a positive move and a great scheme which is good for the environment, encourages wildlife into the area, and keeps improving the green space. It will improve Nansledan and will help reduce the carbon footprint with the more trees that are planted. We chose an apple tree as we can also get some tasty fruit which makes it more special!”
For people without a garden in Nansledan, the Duchy has offered to plant a tree on their behalf in a public area and provide them a letter informing them where in Nansledan their tree has been planted. The next round of planting will take place in the New Year, before the end of the season in March.
Earlier this year the Royal British Legion Woodland next to Nansledan’s primary school was dedicated to The Queen’s Green Canopy by His Majesty the King, then The Duke of Cornwall.