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Tree planting ceremony in Grantham park celebrates Queen's service to the Commonwealth

By Grantham Reporter

A tree-planting ceremony has taken place in Wyndham Park to celebrate The Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

As part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) scheme – a series of forest conservation initiatives to mark her lifetime of service to the Commonwealth - Grantham MP Nick Boles planted five saplings – a hazel, two silver birch and two rowan – in the park on Friday. He was helped by youngsters from nearby Wyndham Park Nursery and Little Gonerby Infant School.

The saplings were donated thanks to a partnership between the Grantham-based Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a documentary called The Queen’s Green Planet.

Local schoolchildren and MP Nick Boles attend the tree-planting ceremony in Wyndham Park. (5501648)
Local schoolchildren and MP Nick Boles attend the tree-planting ceremony in Wyndham Park. (5501648)

The documentary followed Her Majesty and the QCC legacy project that combines her commitment to the Commonwealth with her little-known love of trees.

At the heart of the film is a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

In support of the QCC scheme, the Woodland Trust offered a commemorative pack of trees to every MP in the UK, and another 50,000 packs were given to members of the public.

Mr Boles, whose late father ran the National Trust, said: “I used to do a lot of tree planting with my father. For children there is something very special about planting trees. In 60 or 70 years it will be nice for those who helped in Wyndham Park to come and see these trees when they have grown.”

Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight said: “We are delighted so many MPs decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

“We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity.

“They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe.

“I hope the residents of Grantham will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.”

The CEO of Sainsbury’s, Mike Coupe, said: “As the Woodland Trust’s largest corporate partner, we’re committed to raising awareness of the importance of the UK’s woods and trees, and contributing to their conservation.”


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