The Queen has revealed the design of a sculpture which will be sit outside Buckingham Palace in honour of her Green Canopy tree planting initiative.
To mark Earth Day today (22 April), the design for the "Tree of Trees" sculpture has been revealed.
According to the Royal Family's official social media, it will "feature 350 British native trees, that will then be gifted to community groups and organisations, to help inspire the next generation of tree planters across the nation."
An artist's impression of the sculpture was shared to social media and reveals a huge, spiral-like shape extending into the air before the palace, which appears to be constructed from shelf-like arms supporting various tree types.
Her Majesty announced the tree planting scheme to mark her Platinum Jubilee last May.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is supported by a number of organisations and individuals including Prince Charles, who first invited the nation to “plant a tree for the jubilee”.
The Prince spoke in a video posted to the official Royal Family Instagram account saying that, “planting a tree is a statement of hope and faith in the future. As we approach this very special year, I invite you all to join me,” adding that the event was, “in other words, a Treebilee.”
The Queen has spoken about the importance of trees throughout her reign and has planted more than 1,500 trees across the years.
Now, schools and organisations including the Scouts and Girlguides will be encouraged to continue her legacy and get involved with the scheme to plant their own trees.
The scheme officially began during planting season in October last year and it will continue until the end of 2022, the Platinum Jubilee year.
70 ancient woodlands and 70 ancient trees from across the country will also be dedicated in honour of The Queen to celebrate her historic 70 year reign.
You can find out more information, including how to get involved, on the scheme’s official website.
Prince Charles has already planted his own tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle earlier this year, as witnessed by the Queen. A photograph of the planting is featured in the video announcing The Queen’s Green Canopy on the official Instagram account.
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