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Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy in Suffolk

Across the nation, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, people will be planting trees to form what is being called ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’.

In Suffolk we are linking up existing woodland with the planting of new trees and hedges to connect our communities and encourage natural corridors for biodiversity. Together we hope to plant a tree for every resident.

Communities, charities, schools, youth groups, councils and landowners can create a lasting legacy that will enhance our environment and the landscape, for generations to come. The campaign will encourage the planting of healthy native trees and hedges that can thrive in their environments.

Here in Suffolk, everyone is invited to take part in creating this gift to the county as a special celebration of Her Majesty through a programme led by Suffolk Lieutenancy and expert partners.

How can you get involved?

We want to ensure that everyone in Suffolk can Plant a Tree for the Jubilee, directly or through someone else. If you, as an individual or part of an organisation, are interested, our partners can advise or help you plant new and maintain existing trees and hedges as single specimens, small copses, woods or forests in rural and urban settings.

You do not have to be a landowner to join in. There are potential locations throughout the county: your parish council and local church may know of sites, and the Tree Warden network can help in around 200 villages. So every community can find a way to take part. For advice on your own circumstances, please select the appropriate project partner from those given below and they will point you in the right direction.

It may be that you would prefer to make a donation in support of tree planting: for this, the Suffolk Community Foundation has established a Suffolk Canopy Fund. How will this be recorded? Every one of the trees and hedges planted in Suffolk for this scheme can be recorded through an online database. The national Queen’s Green Canopy campaign will also make plaques available for a fee, which you might like in order to provide a long-term physical marker. Further details of this will follow later in 2021.

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Why trees for the Queen in Suffolk? Why now?

Throughout her reign, The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the importance of trees in our shared future. And over the last year, the global Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more aware than ever of the physical, spiritual and mental benefits of green space.

“Trees have the potential to transform our communities, connect us with nature and provide homes for precious wildlife. They also have a huge role to play in tackling climate change as we build back greener from the pandemic. As we celebrate Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service, I encourage everyone to get behind this scheme, and go ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee." 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 2020

Our partners for this project are Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Tree Warden Network, the Woodland Trust, Green Light Trust, the National Trust, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Community Foundation, Church of England in Suffolk, Ipswich Borough Council, Royal Forestry Society, Community Action Suffolk, Forestry Commission, the Suffolk Agricultural Association and Suffolk’s Association of Local Councils To help you find the right organisation to help you we have listed below various areas of possible enquiries and the contact details of the partners who can best assist.

1. Tree planting advice, Right Tree - Right Place

Planting and cultivation licence | Suffolk County Council

2. Sourcing subsidised tree and other UK grown trees

3. Local Council tree planting support

4. Volunteer tree planting and maintenance

5. Health and Wellbeing initiatives.

6. Contacting the Tree Warden network

[email protected] to find the tree warden in your town/parish or become a tree warden yourself. See Suffolk Tree Warden Network website for more information:

7. Advice and caring for existing trees/hedges

8. Record your Canopy planting

9. Make a donation

10. National Queen’s Green Canopy.

We hope that you and your communities enjoy taking part and helping to create a greener Suffolk.