Trees formally recognised as part of Queen’s Green Canopy


Kieron Mallon, park ranger Ian Harper and Cllr Phillips at the Crouch Hill tree planting, the plaque inset.

The initiative was set up as part of last year’s platinum jubilee celebrations

Trees in Banbury have become part of a national forest being created as a lasting memorial to Queen Elizabeth ll.

Twenty-five maple trees planted this autumn at Crouch Hill have been formally recognised by the Queen’s Green Canopy as part of its countrywide tree-planting project.

A plaque acknowledging the achievement has been awarded to Banbury Town Council and the trees now feature on a national map alongside other trees planted across the UK by councils, groups and individuals.

The canopy is a tree planting initiative set up as part of last year’s platinum jubilee celebrations to mark the queen’s 70-year reign.

The project should have ended on December 31, but following the death of Her Majesty, and in accordance with the wishes of King Charles, it was extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memory of the Queen.

In a letter of congratulations to the town council, a spokesman for the canopy’s organisers said: “We are delighted to confirm that your trees have been added to the Queen’s Green Canopy map.

“Your contribution will inspire others to create a greener UK and a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the nation which will benefit future generations.”

The town council is planting more trees at Hanwell View open space and these will be added to the canopy this month, bringing Banbury’s total to more than 50.   The map also highlights trees planted individually by local residents.

Cllr Martin Phillips, chairman of the town council’s general services committee, said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a wonderful project that has captured the imaginations of people everywhere. It’s fantastic to see Banbury on the map – and there is more to come.”

Leader of the council Kieron Mallon said: “Banbury Town Council is pleased to be part of this exceptional national tribute to Queen Elizabeth ll and is looking forward to having more trees recognised as part of this remarkable countrywide forest.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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