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Preston - The Queen's Green Canopy

We're delighted that Preston has been named one of a select few cities to be granted 'Champion City' status as part of the Queen's Green Canopy, marking Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

In celebration, we set up a campaign to make Preston even greener and encouraged people to 'Plant a tree for the Jubilee.'

Our 'Plant Preston' campaign ran from 2 March until 16 March 2022.

Thank you to everyone involved

To end this fantastic Plant Preston fortnight, Mayor Javed Iqbal would like to thank everyone involved. Schools, parish councils, businesses and individuals who have all worked together to make Preston greener for future generations.

How People got Involved

Preston City Council gave away 300 Jubilee trees to residents to plant during the fortnight. Saplings were available for collection, free from the Town Hall and Avenham Pavilion.

People who collected a Jubilee tree, sent a photo or video of themselves planting, we shared these via our Facebook page and in a presentation at the end of the event.

People also uploaded their pictures to The Queen's Green Canopy Map and became part of the digital legacy of Jubilee trees planted across the nation.

What else happened

On behalf of the city for Plant Preston, Preston City Council planted two commemorative trees in our much-loved Moor Park and Avenham Park.

The council worked in partnership with, Barton, Cottam and Lea, Grimsargh and Whittingham parish councils to plant commemorative trees in their parishes.

As well at the commemorative trees, 150 saplings were planted at the cemetery and Christmas trees that were part of the Preston Markets festive display were planted behind the rock garden in Avenham Park.

Also, 53 Preston schools had trees donated and delivered by the council, which were planted by their pupils within the Plant Preston fortnight.

Local Preston businesses Community Gateway Association and Cassidy and Ashton got involved, planting on their land and supporting local planting community groups. 

The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen's Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the United Kingdom to "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee."

The best time to plant trees is from October to March, you can pin your Jubilee tree to the Queen's Green Canopy map.

Upload your planting and inspire others to get involved

The Queen's Green Canopy offered a physical, as well as a virtual commemorative plaque option, in keeping with an environmental initiative. Please visit the Queen's Green Canopy - Commemorative Plaque page for more details.

Tree Facts

How many trees has the Queen planted?

Throughout Her reign, The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the importance of trees in the Earth's future.

What are the UK's oldest trees?

Determining the age of a tree is difficult because often the trunk of ancient trees are hollow so there's no chance of counting the rings

Yew are remarkable for their ability to renew themselves and continue to live and thrive for thousands of years.

The oldest tree in the UK is a yew tree, they live for around 900 years before they become ancient. The oak tree can live for around 400 years

For more information visit the Woodland Trust - Ancient Tree Inventory.

UK's most famous tree (Robin hood)

The most famous tree in the whole of the UK is the Major Oak tree.

The Major Oak tree is known throughout the world as the secret hiding place of Nottinghamshire's outlaw hero Robin Hood and is located in historic Sherwood Forest, a 450-hectare national nature reserve.

British trees and shrubs to plant in your garden - 14 native tree ideas

Native trees and shrubs provide food and shelter for local wildlife and give your garden seasonal interest throughout the year. From cascades of blossom in spring to a blaze of autumn leaf colour.

If you're considering planting trees in your garden, visit the Woodland Trust - Native trees to plant in your garden.

How to plant a tree

Visit the Woodland Trust - how to plant a tree guide. The guide shows three of the most successful ways to plant a tree.

Trees that can grow in pots

Plenty of trees can be grown in pots and containers, providing you with all the benefits of a tree but with the convenience and ease of growing in a pot.

The ideal types of tree to grow in pots are slow-growing or dwarf varieties.

You could also look for a multi-stemmed tree. Rather than a standard lollipop shape, multi-stem trees have several trunks growing from near the base, which reduces the overall height the tree will grow to.

Fruit trees are often sold attached to a rootstock that controls how big they eventually grow.

For more information visit Gardeners World online - best tress to grow in pots

Trees and climate

Thinking about the environment and sustainability in a garden? RHS - Planet friendly gardening tips has some easy planet friendly gardening tips which could make a real difference.

According to scientists, one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis, is to plant more trees. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating.

New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove just under one-third of all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere today, a figure the scientists describe as "mind-blowing".

Climate kids explore the ways scientists use trees to learn about past climate, by studying a trees rings.

These rings can tell us how old the tree is, and what the weather was like during each year of the tree's life.

The light-coloured rings represent wood that grew in the spring and early summer, while the dark rings represent wood that grew in the late summer and fall. One light ring plus one dark ring equals one year of the tree's life.

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