The “Queen’s Canopy” encourages the British to expand green spaces to mark the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s rule.
Britain is being asked to plant trees to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Elizabeth II, who will turn 70 on the throne in 2022, which was launched on Monday and will be supported by the government, six months before COP26.
Called the “Queen’s Green Canopy”, the project encourages gardeners, school children and community members to plant one tree each from October 2021 to 2022.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II, 70 ancient forests and 70-year-old trees will be on display in the United Kingdom.
A training program will also be launched to teach unemployed youth how to plant and maintain trees.
In a video message, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, urged the British to “plant a jubilee tree”, saying it signifies a “message of hope and optimism for the future.”
“Whether you are a person who wants to plant a sapling in your garden, a school or community group, a local council, association or business, a farmer who wants to plant trees in full order, or a farmer who wants to create new barriers, the country, can get involved.” He said.
The initiative is backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced his ambitions for the environment ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow (Scotland) in November.
“Trees play a major role in our fight against climate change,” Boris Johnson said in a video posted on his Twitter account, saying, “That’s why the government has already committed to planting 30,000 hectares of trees each year.”
The Environment Minister will deliver a speech this week outlining how the government wants to achieve this goal, which is part of its plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.