The Queen’s Green Canopy Jubilee Tree Planting and Launch at Heathfield Agricultural Show











The Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex officially launched the Queen’s Green Canopy in the county at the Heathfield Agricultural Show at the end of May. He planted a commemorative oak tree on the showground itself and, in advance of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, he encouraged everyone to make plans to plant a tree in the autumn to celebrate Her Majesty’s seventy years of service to the nation.

Andrew Blackman, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex said ‘I am delighted to be here at the Heathfield Show on its 75th anniversary to launch the Queen’s Green Canopy in East Sussex, and to plant an English oak. The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fantastic tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, and it is simple to take part by planting trees in your own community spaces and gardens. I urge everyone to visit the website, spread the word, and get involved.’

The Lord-Lieutenant planting an oak and launching the QGC in the county

The Lord-Lieutenant planting an oak and launching the QGC in the county. Left to right: The Marquess of Abergavenny DL, Show Chairman Rita Dingwall, Show Vice Chairman Bill Gower, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex Andrew Blackman, Show President Sara Stonor DL, David Allam DL. @lilliebellphotography











Many of the Queen’s Green Canopy team who are working to encourage tree planting in the county this year were at the Show including the Marquess of Abergavenny, who chairs the East Sussex Working Group, who said ‘We’ve had a fantastic day meeting lots of people keen to plant trees for the Jubilee year. The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is an excellent environmental initiative, as well as a wonderful way to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. I am keen for us to inspire everyone to plant a tree this coming autumn, when trees are dormant and can be planted without so much disturbance.’

Lord Abergavenny also emphasised the importance of the national QGC map where everyone is encouraged to upload a photo of their newly planted Jubilee trees, to create a full picture of what we are all achieving together.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative which invites people and organisations from across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ and upload a photo to the national map.

Everyone from individuals to groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and organisations is encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season which will begin again in October, through to the end of this Jubilee year.

By inviting everyone to plant considerable numbers of new trees throughout the country, the QGC seeks to highlight the significant value of trees and woodlands as nature’s simple but highly effective way to clean the air we breathe, slow the impact of climate change, create important wildlife habitats and improve our general health and wellbeing.

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.  For more information on the Queen’s Green Canopy in East Sussex visit our main QGC page here and

Talking to visitors on the QGC stand

Talking to visitors at the QGC stand @lilliebellphotography

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