UK urged to plant trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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The UK is being urged to plant trees as part of a new initiative to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

The Prince of Wales planted the first Jubilee tree at Windsor Castle, joined by the Queen, to launch the scheme earlier this year.

The national tree initiative - named the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) - aims to protect ancient woodlands and forests, as well as encouraging the planting of new trees.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Prince Charles encouraged the rest of the country to plant a tree in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, which marks her 70th year on the throne.

“Whether you are an individual hoping to plant a single sapling in your garden; a school or community group planting a tree; a council, 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,” he said.

The royal said that planting the trees and looking after existing woodlands is a simple and cost-effective way to protect the planet.

People can take part in the scheme by planting trees in their own gardens, or by creating jubilee copses on council land or along avenues in cities or housing developments, reports the BBC.

Schools and community groups can also join in with the scheme, by applying for a share of three million free saplings from the Woodland Trust.

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