People across Shropshire are getting behind calls to ” Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to tackle climate change.
This is part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGP) project which is a sustainable tree planting initiative.
Shropshire Council has allocated a total of 27,000 trees under its annual free tree scheme and some parish councils have applied for a limited number of special commemorative trees and plaques linked to QGP.
The council said it will help improve air quality and put Shropshire on a path to net-zero emissions in addition to celebrating the Jubilee.
Councillor, Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for climate change, natural assets and the green economy said: “As well as being a lasting celebration of the Her Majesty’s 70-year reign, every tree planted will also help improve our county’s air quality and count towards our climate targets.
“The planted trees will also ‘lock up’ carbon and provide other environmental benefits as they grow and mature, contributing in their own small way towards our ambition of making Shropshire net-zero carbon by 2030.
“A map has been produced to show the 17 parishes that have already requested their free tree and plaque from Shropshire Council and we would encourage them to list these as being part of the The Queen’s Green Canopy, and that’s the same for anyone who has planted a tree since October 2021.”
Cllr Nellins also wants every tree planted to be recorded on the interactive The Queen’s Green Canopy map.
Anna Turner, the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire added: “If every tree planted by the parishes was registered on the interactive map that would certainly help make the county stand out, and then if everyone planting trees in their own gardens this season could also join in it would help even more.”
The season will last until the end of March and then start again in October.
Trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Any parishes interested should contact email@example.com