Planting for the Jubilee

The RFS, its Divisions and many taking part in The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award are among those planting trees for the Platinum Jubilee.

By Wendy Necar · July 22, 2022

North Wales Division have planted a Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) for the Platinum Jubilee.

Pictured from left are President Sir James Scott, former warden David Williams and North West Midlands Division chair David Gwillam

The planting at the Charles Ackers Redwood Grove and Naylor Pinetum includes a plaque in Welsh and English reading:

“Plannwyd y goeden hon yn 2022 i goffau Jiwbilî Platinwm Ei Mawrhydi y Frenhines Elizabeth II”

“This tree was planted in 2022 to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”

The RFS Herefordshire Division marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting a tree during a recent woodland visit.

Pictured: Nick Smith, RFS Herefordshire Chair, plants a Dawn Redwood assisted by Jean Wynne-Jones

The tree, a Dawn Redwood (metasequoia glyptostroboides) was planted on Garnons Hill, part of the Garnons Estate near Hereford, courtesy of landowner Sir Harry Cotterell Bt.

The Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer from China, where it was discovered in the 1940s. It typically grows to 30 metres. It is primarily an ornamental rather than commercial species in this country although small stands are growing in the RFS woods in Buckinghamshire and Powys.

Also getting involved were members of the 5th Banbury Guides, pictured below, planting an oak at Longford Park Community Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire, as part of their Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award.

Jubilee planting for The Queen’s Green Canopy will continue until the end of the Jubilee year. A permanent record off all plantings is being made. The QGC map reopens for entries with the planting season in October. All Divisions planting for the Platinum Jubilee are encouraged to pin their tree to the map here.

Watch out for more news from across the RFS about our Jubilee plantings.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. It invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. All the information you need on planting a tree for the jubilee and registering it on an interactive map is available here.