The Queen’s Green Canopy – How to get involved

There are lots of different ways that you can get involved:

In Rutland. we would like to encourage everyone – from individuals, community groups, schools, and local businesses – to play their part in the celebrations by planting trees. 

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Individuals

Plant a tree on your own land.

If you have room for one or two trees perhaps plant a fruit tree. These will provide nectar for bees with their blossom in the spring and fruit in the autumn.  Help and advice for individuals is available from the Queen’s Green Canopy website or at your local Garden Centre.

If you don’t have a garden or space for a tree perhaps join a community group like ‘In Bloom’ or your Village/Town Tree Planting project.

Before you start please don’t forget to read the Planning section of this guide

Large scale planting

The QGC is particularly hoping to inspire the planting of new native woods of 70 acres or bigger in honour of the Jubilee.  If you are planning to plant a native woodland at this scale, please visit the Woodlands Trust  Landowner support pages to find out more and for advice please read the Planning section of this guide

Schools   

All schools are being encouraged to get involved with the QGC though the Woodlands Trust’s Free Trees for Schools Scheme.     Across 2021 and 2022 they have three million saplings in tree packs available on a first come first served basis.  In addition the QGC hope to make contact with state schools to arrange free trees through the QGC partner organisations. Please take a moment to read though the Planning guide before starting.

Community Groups

Community groups like resident’s associations, youth and sport clubs, Rotary Clubs, Scout and Guiding groups etc are all encouraged to get involved.   The Woodland Trust is a partner of the QGC and their Free Trees for Schools and Community Communities Scheme is a great place to start.

Please see below and access the  planning page with advice on when, where and how to plant your tree.  

Local Business  

The planting of UK native trees could help organisations like yours reduce your carbon footprint by locking up unavoidable carbon emissions.  Your tree will gradually capture carbon over time, reducing the environmental impact of your business as well as benefiting wildlife and the wider Rutland community. Find out how your organisation can get involved  and access the Planning guide.

Planning your Planting – a Guide

Before you begin, please take a minute  to learn  a little about tree planting to help to make sure your tree will survive and flourish for generations to come.

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We would love you to hear about your tree planting event so please take a moment to complete our Platinum Jubilee Event Form.  Once planted, you can pin your tree’s location on the Queens Green Canopy Map and organise your commemorative plaque.

We are hoping to plant 40,000 British grown trees – one for each person living in Rutland – from October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee celebrations in 2022. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a community, to reduce our impact on climate change, and protect and enhance our county for generations to come.

We would love you to send us photographs of your tree planting event (but please make sure you have appropriate permission from anyone in your photographs).  Please email them to ll@rutlandlordlieutenant.org.

For more information, please click here.