Everyone welcome to Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting day in Wootton

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On Saturday 22 January, a tree planting event will take place in Wootton as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative.

Created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, QGC invites people from across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

The event in Wootton will be attended by Cllr John Wheeler and the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, who is the Queen’s representative in the County.

In Wootton, the Parish Council, working in partnership with the Crown Estate and the Forest of Marston Vale, are planting 70 trees (a tree for each year of Her Majesty’s reign) on land owned by the Parish Council and an adjacent field owned by the Crown Estate.

The trees, a mix including oak, wild cherry, rowan, hornbeam, field maple and birch, are being supplied by the Forest of Marston Vale through DEFRA’s ‘Trees for Climate’ campaign.

The Lord Lieutenant will also plant the first of the 70 trees and at 11am will unveil a commemorative plaque.

The remaining trees will be planted by members of Wootton’s community including representatives from the churches, schools, Scout and Guiding groups and other village clubs and organisations.

All Wootton residents are invited to come to the event and the entrance to the planting site will be through the Cemetery Gates on Lorraine Road, Wootton, Bedford, MK43 9DQ.

Cllr John Wheeler

Cllr John Wheeler said: “I welcome all Wootton residents to come along to the Queens Green Canopy event on Saturday.

“This is a wonderful chance for the people of Wootton to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in an environmentally friendly way.”

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis said: “I am delighted to be visiting the Parish of Wootton to take part in their planting day which honours the 70-year reign of Her Majesty The Queen.

“During this legacy project, which will benefit future generations for years to come, we will see thousands of trees planted in every parish of Bedfordshire.

“I am grateful to Wootton for the way in which it has embraced the whole community in this exciting initiative. My thanks go to all those involved, including the Forest of Marston Vale for their generous support”

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