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Going green for the Queen

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Dudley Council is taking part in the Queen’s Green Canopy project, by planting thousands more trees across the borough

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) 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 council already has plans to plant trees along the borough’s highways as well as increasing canopy coverage in six wards which have less coverage.

It will continue to work with Friends Groups, organisations like Woodland Trust, Trees for Cities, Severn Trent, Earthwatch UK and Friends of the Earth to identify and support planting across the borough.

The authority will be working with a range of partners and friends groups to undertake projects such as restocking ancient hedgerows, planting trees and thousands of whips in a range of green spaces across the borough, with whips forming the majority of the planting.

The authority is also working with friends groups and Severn Trent Water who are creating 72 tennis-court-sized Tiny Forests in urban areas across the West Midlands, which will play an important role in supporting environmental education across the region.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said:

We have always been committed to increasing our tree planting and canopy coverage across the borough. We already work with our dedicated and community-focussed friends groups and partner organisations to deliver tree planting where it’s needed.
The Queen’s Green Canopy allows us to focus all of our energies and deliver tree planting across the borough under one umbrella.
The great thing about the project is that anyone can join in, whether you’re an individual, community group, school or business. You can even gift a tree if you’ve no place to plant one. We’re really pleased to be taking part and hope other people will join us too.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

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