Trees of a unique sculpture at Buckingham Palace are donated to deserving groups in West Sussex on behalf of the late Queen
Oak Grove College in Worthing, Petworth Community Gardens, Steyning for Trees and the Welderness CIC project at Wild Heart Hill in Findon join over 300 organizations from across the UK who were recently announced by QGC as recipients of these special trees at the name of Queen Elizabeth II.
Trees are gifted evenly across the UK in proportion to population, with each county receiving at least one tree. The Lord Lieutenants of each county, who are the personal representatives of His Majesty the King, championed the HQ locally and selected the recipients of the special trees.
Donating a tree is a “thank you” for all the valuable and tireless work that volunteers and individuals undertake for the benefit of their communities. It is a celebration of diverse communities coming together for the benefit of all, often using the natural environment to improve health and well-being.
Presented by Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex Lady Emma Barnard, the special trees, gifted in a pot embossed with Her Late Majesty’s cipher, will be planted at community ceremonies planned for this fall and will form part of the living legacy in the honor of Queen Elizabeth II, joining over a million trees already planted across the UK as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.
Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the QGC “Tree of Trees” sculpture sought to put the importance of trees at the heart of this historic milestone to celebrate the late Her Majesty, who planted over 1,500 trees around the world throughout his 70-year reign.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The QGC initiative has been extended until the end of the planting season in March 2023, to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memory of a much-loved monarch.
Since the launch of the QGC scheme, many organizations in West Sussex, including schools, community groups, landowners and local councils as well as individuals, have already planted over 40,000 new trees.
With the help of local communities, the West Sussex Lieutenancy Group, chaired by Dr John Godfrey DL, expects the total target it has set of 70,000 newly planted trees by next march in the earldom be reached – 1,000 for each year of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign.
So far, the wide range of plantings includes restored and new forests on farmland, new stretches of hedgerows and individual trees in schools, towns, farmlands, parks and home gardens throughout the count.
In addition, Ebernoe Common Local Nature Reserve near Petworth, owned by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, has been recognized as one of 70 ancient forests of national significance, and the 16th century hawthorn at Tilgate, Crawley and Queen Elizabeth I’s sessile oak in Cowdray Park, Midhurst, has been nationally recognized as two of 70 ancient trees.
Lady Emma said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a part of us all, enshrined in the hearts of millions with the deepest respect, admiration and, above all, love.
“I can think of no better way for us to honor the memory of a much-loved monarch than by planting and nurturing trees. They will create a legacy that future generations can enjoy, while helping to protect and improve the environment. »
Students from Oak Grove College have already teamed up with Worthing Golf Club to plant trees on the course below QGC. This fall they will support the club to plant a new forest – the Oak Grove Glade. Their “tree of trees” will be planted in an area of the school grounds used to teach students about horticulture, helping them learn vital skills for the future. The students hold a popular annual plant and vegetable sale where the produce they grow helps raise vital funds for the school.
Petworth Community Garden was inspired in 2005 by a Garden Organic project, “Organic Food for All”. The idea was to provide an opportunity for local people to learn how to grow free, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and to take home a share of the harvest. A strong group of local volunteers was formed and with initial donations of pots, a pond, a greenhouse and seeds, the garden took shape.
Steyning for Trees (SFT) is a community group formed at the end of 2019 to promote the planting of trees in Steyning in order to combat climate change and for the beauty and well-being of the town. The goal is to plant as many trees as possible in Steyning on private and community land. Their main work includes funding and planting trees on the edges of streets under a scheme launched by West Sussex County Council, with some 80 planned by the end of this year. They also plant native hedgerows as wildlife corridors through Steyning.
The Welderness CIC is a non-profit community interest enterprise that brings people together in nature, for workshops, classes and events, all designed to improve well-being, increase knowledge, skills and experiences. , and raise awareness and encourage action to fight against the environment. problems. Their motto is: “Improving people’s lives through nature, improving nature through people.” More immediately, they were involved in planting trees at a care home in Henfield and at the evolving environmental center in Wild Heart Hill, Findon.