Hospices celebrate the Queen’s Green Canopy
Four East Sussex hospices have planted trees to celebrate the Queen’s Green Canopy, a nationwide initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year and the service she has given over the last 70 years.
When HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne in November to celebrate its 40th anniversary, she planted an ornamental pear tree in the hospice garden as part of the initiative. The Duchess, who had spent part of the previous week in Glasgow attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) remarked on the positive impact the Queen’s Green Canopy project will have in helping to support the environment and fight the climate crisis.
Later in November the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Miles Jenner, joined Harriet Creamer, Chair of Trustees of St Peter & St James Hospice in Chailey, at a ceremony to plant a Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire’ in what is to become a garden of remembrance, set in a beautiful area surrounded by ancient woodland, overlooking the South Downs. Ms Creamer said “What an honour for St Peter & St James Hospice to take part in this initiative, this tree will be enjoyed for years to come by patients, their loved ones and staff as the centrepiece of our planned remembrance garden.”
On a drizzly day in December the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, joined Dr Karen Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea, and staff members to plant an ornamental pear tree, Pyrus Calleryana ‘Chanticleer’. Dr Clarke commented: “Our beautiful gardens are so important to our patients and their families, and we hope visitors to the gardens will enjoy this new addition”.
Last week The Marquess of Abergavenny DL, and long-time hospice volunteer, Sonia Burt, jointly planted a Malus Domestica, commonly known as a Cox’s Orange Pippin, at Hospice in the Weald’s Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, which has informed its architecture, the hospice building has central ‘tree columns’ supporting its living roof and each of the hospice’s ten rooms are named after trees. The first of its kind in the UK, Cottage Hospice provides a home from home where patients are cared for by their loved ones, with support from Hospice staff and trained volunteers. Nick Farthing, Hospice in the Weald’s Chief Executive, said: “This apple tree is a wonderful symbol of growth and optimism as we start the new year. I am sure it will be enjoyed by Cottage Hospice patients, staff, volunteers and the local community for many years to come.”
The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to create a national canopy of trees to help reduce the impact of climate change, filter air, increase wildlife habitat and improve the environment for everyone.
There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in planting a commemorative tree, whether in your own garden or as part of a community group, a parish council, a church, a school, a charity or a business. For more information on the Queen’s Green Canopy in East Sussex see here.