Five trees have been planted in Chelmsford by local MP Vicky Ford, as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
The trees were chosen to be planted in Chelmsford City Council’s Admirals Park and a special planting ceremony took place on 7 December with the Mayor of Chelmsford Councillor Yvonne Spence, Deputy Mayor Councillor Christine Garrett, Lord Lieutenant of Essex and Councillor Bob Massey, Cabinet Member for Parks in attendance.
The new Hazel, Rowan and Birch native seedlings were added alongside a new copse of trees planted by students from Thriftwood College and led by the Park Volunteer Leader Elgan Adlard with assistance from Park Volunteer Shane O’Brian.
The trees were donated to MP Vicky Ford thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet. The documentary followed Her Majesty The Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her commitment to the Commonwealth and her love of trees and conservation.
In support of the programme, the Woodland Trust provided 50,000 trees for ITV viewers, and via the Rt Hon Frank Field MP, who conceived the QCC initiative, also offered a special commemorative pack to every MP in the UK.
After planting the trees, MP Vicky Ford said: “It is great that Chelmsford is taking part in this super project to create new woodlands across the world. Thank you so much, especially to the Council’s parks team and to the students from Thriftwood College, for helping to make this happen”.
Councillor Bob Massey, Cabinet Member for Parks said: “We are delighted that new trees have been planted in Admiral’s Park for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. These native species complement an extensive programme of planting that the City Council is undertaking in our City’s parks.”
Tuesday 11 December 2018