The Queen’s Green Canopy comes to life in Sussex

The Marquess of Abergavenny held a tree planting ceremony on his Eridge Park estate, near Crowborough, as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and celebrate her 70 years of service.

Eridge is reputed to be the oldest enclosed deer park in England and Lord Abergavenny was pleased to welcome nearly 50 guests, including local residents, local organisations and others with an interest in planting more trees to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee.

The tree planting on Friday December 10 was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, and Nusrat Ghani MP, who planted the two elm trees.

The Wealden MP told guests: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a wonderful concept and I am delighted to be here at Eridge Park today.

“Not only are we playing a crucial part in helping combat climate change, we are also reminding ourselves of the incredible service that our Queen has given to this country.”

The Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, The Marquess of Abergavenny and Nusrat Ghani MP.

In his welcoming address, Lord Abergavenny explained the importance of planting trees for future generations.

He said: “At Eridge Park, we have an important role to play in preserving this wonderful estate. It is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, so the trees have been carefully chosen to suit the location. We are planting disease-resistant elms along this section of the Sussex border path as there used to be a beautiful line of elms bordering the road.”

Andrew Blackman, The Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, said The Queen’s Green Canopy was an excellent environmental initiative and a wonderful way to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

“I am delighted to be here at Eridge Park today to support the tree planting ceremony. I would urge everybody to spread the word about this country-wide initiative and, where possible, to get involved,” he said.

The QGC project 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.

Other tree plantings are planned in the coming months but there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in planting a commemorative tree, whether in your own garden or as part of community group, a parish council, a charity or a business. Trees need to be carefully chosen to suit the habitat and cared for during the early years.

For more information about the Queen’s Green Canopy in East Sussex see here.

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