initiative to commemorate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Wednesday January 5, 2022

“Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” Concord’s Grounds team this week announced that the College has been successful in its application for 315 saplings, which will be planted at Concord and in the local community. The latest ‘green initiative’ at the College is part of a UK-wide national tree planting campaign known as The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) – in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The QGC is being spearheaded by Woodland Trust – the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, with a vision of a greener UK rich in trees and woodlands. In an email to the College in November, Shropshire Council and Anna Turner, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire said: “All trees that are planted will create a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation over the last 70 years. “We would like to see as many individual, communities, charities, schools, youth groups, councils and landowners across Shropshire and the rest of the country planting trees through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.” Following an application led by Concord’s Head of Grounds, Mr Paul Humphreys – which included information on the College, ownership and charitable status, grid references and planting proposals, Concord has been elected a ‘Platinum School Tree’ planter. Mr Humphreys announced that the College will be receiving 315 saplings in March 2022 (105 medium wildlife, 105 medium year-round colour, and 105 medium working wood saplings). These will be planted into 2 litre pots on-site and grown for up to five years, before being planted in the College grounds and the village of Acton Burnell. This new initiative comes after a recent whole-school planting scheme, which you can read about by clicking here. The total number of saplings at the College from March will be over 840, most of which will be grown in designated polytunnels. Mr Humphreys commented: “We are delighted to be taking part in this UK-wide initiative and it will aid the College’s green commitments and benefit the local community. “As we grow the saplings, we may lose about 20-30% through natural causes, but with knowledge, care and dedication from the Grounds team, the College’s Eco groups, other staff and students alike, as the years go by, we hope to create smaller plantations and green areas around the College’s 73-acre campus.” He added: “There is further potential to plant new trees in some of the College’s properties in the local village, and hopefully in the wider community too.” Concord’s planting project – and all projects around the UK – will be individually marked with a special commemorative plaque and uploaded onto a digital map, to track all QGC projects over a two-year period. If you would like to get involved and support this exciting initiative, click here.