An oak tree has been planted by South Lakeland District Council as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.
The planting ceremony took place at Queen’s Park in Windermere on the eve of Her Majesty’s four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Planting the oak sapling, Chairman of South Lakeland District Council Councillor Pete McSweeney said: “It’s a great honour to plant this tree on behalf of South Lakeland District Council to commemorate The Queen’s 70 years of loyal service to the country and the people of South Lakeland.
“Oak trees are renowned for their strength and endurance, and I hope this tree will continue to grow and flourish for future generations to enjoy as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s long reign.”
Although the official tree planting season is from October to March, the oak planting at Queen’s Park has been made possible thanks to the nearby Lakes Christian Centre, which has generously offered to water the sapling through the summer.
According to The Queen’s Green Canopy website, British oak trees support an estimated 2,300 species of wildlife, and a mature tree can absorb up to 150kg CO2 per year.
Councillor McSweeney added: “South Lakeland District Council is committed to a more beautiful, quieter and cleaner district, leading the way to net zero, with more wildlife and more trees.
“I would encourage residents, schools and communities across South Lakeland to take part in The Queen’s Green Canopy by planting a tree if they can during this Platinum Jubilee year, to create a green legacy across our district.”
Also attending the planting ceremony were South Lakeland District Council Windermere ward members Councillor Ben Berry, Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Finance and Assets, and Councillor Dyan Jones, portfolio holder for Climate Action and Biodiversity; South Lakeland District Council Locality Team Leader Polly Straker and Locality Officer Diane Winder; Andrew Tallon of council contractors Continental Landscapes; and Mike Taylor of the Lakes Christian Centre.
Her Majesty The Queen and the Prince of Wales, Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy, marked the start of the official planting season in October 2021 by planting a copper beech on the Balmoral Estate.
Since then thousands of families, schools and community groups have come together to plant Jubilee trees across the country and to ‘pin’ them on the Queen’s Green Canopy online map at: https://queensgreencanopy.org/
In South Lakeland, South Lakeland District Council is working with several residents and groups who have approached the council about planting trees on council land as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.