As part of our wider sustainability programme, Regatta, along with Craghoppers and Dare2b, has become a platinum supporter of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), which launched recently at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
What is the Queen’s Green Canopy?
In celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, this is a unique tree planting initiative, encouraging everyone all over the country to:
“Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”
Momentum will start to build from 1st October, which is the official planting season and as a platinum supporter, we will be involved with:
- Organising staff volunteering tree planting sessions within the local community
- Helping to transform local green spaces in disadvantaged areas
- Supporting local primary schools to help them plant their own trees
As well as planting new trees and maintaining them, the QGC has consulted forestry experts to create a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the UK. Within these woodlands they will be identifying 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.
Through this initiative, the QGC will 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.
What else is happening over the next year and beyond?
We will be helping support:
- An education programme, highlighting the importance of trees and the significance of giving young people access to nature, encouraging wider engagement with the QGC across the school curriculum.
- A green skilling initiative, working in collaboration with Cavendish Group and Capel Manor to create a pilot training programme for young unemployed people with a keen interest in horticulture.
- An urban community planting programme which focuses on the social and environmental impact of tree planting, prioritising projects in places with socio-economic deprivation and low canopy cover.
And we are excited to be involved with the “Champion Cities” initiative highlighting the leadership, dynamism and influence of some of the nation’s outstanding cities which have trees and woodland as a central part of their plans for green spaces. Manchester is likely to be one.
Visit www.queensgreencanopy.org for advice on how to plan your own tree planting, including which trees are best, where to plant them and the – all important – how to plant them. And from 1st October, you will be able to pin your newly planted Jubilee trees to the QGC Map.