MORE than 30 schools in the Royal Borough have planted trees as part of an initiative to honour Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

The trees will form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a project which invites people ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

And the council has given out a batch of small trees to all the schools, colleges and nurseries in the area.

Species include hawthorn, crap-apple, silver birch, field maple, holly, hornbeam, scots pine, wild cherry and rowan.

Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, said: “We are enormously proud to have Her Majesty as a resident of the borough and be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in such an innovative, fun and environmentally-beneficial way.

“The trees will be a lasting and living legacy of commemoration of this milestone for future generations of children.

“This has also been a wonderful opportunity to see young people from across our area have a role in the celebrations and learn more about the importance of tree planting to help sequester carbon dioxide, enhance biodiversity and create green spaces for them to enjoy.”

A total of 1,080 trees were supplied to 36 schools, colleges, and nurseries and these were planted before Christmas.

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The initiative comes as part of the council’s Environment and Climate Strategy, which sets out its actions to achieve the borough’s net-zero emissions target by 2050.

Cllr Stimson added it has come at a time when the community were already planting 8,000 trees at Ockwell Park near Maidenhead.

And this will also be included in the canopy.

Once completed, around 20,000 trees will have been planted in the borough since 2019.

She said: “Initiatives such as these show our commitment to tackling the climate crisis and the importance of involving the whole community in that work.

“Anyone can get involved in the Queen’s Green Canopy including community groups, businesses and individuals and I would encourage as many in the borough as possible to take part.

“You will be helping the environment and be part of national celebration honouring Her Majesty’s service to the nation.”

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The Woodland Trust is giving away trees to schools and community groups. Applications for the March 2022 delivery are closed but applications for the November 2022 delivery will open in Spring.

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