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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 · June 23, 2022

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

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

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 plantings will carry on throughout the 2022/23 planting season. 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.