Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrated at primary school with tree planting


A Celebration Tree has been planted at a primary school in Gloucester to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.


Seventy trees have been given to selected primary schools in cities across the United Kingdom and Edward Gillespie, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, is proud to announce that Moat Primary Academy, in Matson, was chosen for Gloucester.

It is part of a tree planting initiative set up for the Platinum Jubilee called the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), which aims to encourage people to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties and schools are invited to play their part by planting trees from October 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

It aims to create a legacy to benefit future generations and highlight the value of trees and woodlands to slow the impact of climate change, clean the air we breathe, create wildlife habitats and improve our health and wellbeing.

The QGC has prioritised planting in urban areas where there is an economic need, with a focus on schools and young people, so they are given access to nature and are inspired to take an interest in their natural environment.

All schools are being encouraged to plant Jubilee trees and free tree packs are available through the Woodland Trust and The Conservation Volunteers.

An ‘Acer’ tree – commonly known as a Japanese Maple – was planted at Moat Primary Academy, which is part of the Robinswood Academy Trust, by Sybil Ruscoe, Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire. The ceremony took place on Monday 11 October and was attended by teachers and children from the school, as well as council representatives.

Kim Hoodless, Executive Head Teacher of Robinswood Academy Trust, said: “It’s a great honour for our school to be chosen to receive the Celebration Tree in Gloucester. All our staff and children have been very excited since we were told and we will look after it with great care. It will help our children appreciate the importance and value of trees and provide a lasting legacy for this special occasion.”

Sybil Ruscoe DL said: “I’m delighted to plant this special celebration tree at Moat Primary Academy to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s a fantastic idea to get schools involved in this project so children can learn more about the environment and how trees can help with climate change. It will have a lasting benefit for future generations and I hope many people in our county will be inspired to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.”

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