Prince Charles proposes a “Tree-bilee”

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2022 Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee

It was announced this week that HRH Prince Charles suggested that everyone in the UK should make an effort to plant a tree to mark the Queens 70th Jubilee. He even joked that it should be named a ‘Tree-bilee’.

Prince Charles has launched a new ‘Plant a Tree campaign, dubbed “Tree-bilee” in honour of his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

The heir to the throne is known for his conservationist drives, said the “Queen’s Green Canopy” (QGC) initiative will invite people all over the United Kingdom to start this years tree planting season in October.

He is encouraging everyone from individuals to Scout and Girl guide groups, villages, cities,
counties, schools and corporates to play their part in this unique environmental project.

“Whether you are an individual having to plant a single sapling in your garden, a school or community group planting a tree, that charity or business intending to plant a whole avenue of trees, or a farmer looking to create new hedgerows, everyone across the country can get involved as well as inviting people to plant new trees,” said Prince Charles, in a video message.

“There is a reason for this profoundly symbolic act. Planting a tree is a statement of hope and faith in the future. As we approach this most special year, I invite you all to join me to plant a tree for the jubilee – in other words, a Tree-bilee,” he said.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, the Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate the 95-year-old monarch’s 70 years of service to the nation.

Gift a Tree’s Managing Director – Andy Fields is fully behind the initiative.

“Our trees stand at the frontline of our fight against climate change and by sustaining our beautiful countryside for generations to come. The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fitting tribute to her majesty’s years of service to this country. I urge everyone to get involved,” he said. Gift a Tree is simply here to help those people that cannot buy trees directly of simply do not have the time or space.

Also, Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England and committee member of the QGC said, “On top of expanding tree and woodland cover across the country this is also a celebration of ancient trees and ancient woodlands, not only marking her majesty’s contribution over seven decades but also looking back into the distant past and recognising that some of the trees we have in the landscape today were actually growing here during the Iron Age, even before the Roman occupation,

“So there’s a great deal of history in our trees as well as a very important role that they’re going to have to play into the future,” he said.

The project is one of many elements being planned for a UK-wide celebration next year as the Queen reaches the important milestone. The monarch has herself planted more than 1,500 trees around the world during her 69-year reign so far.