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Mayor of South Ribble 'Plants a Tree for the Jubilee'

Tree planting at Gregson Lane, 11 March 2022

14 March 2022

A tree planting ceremony has taken place in South Ribble to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Jane Bell, planted a Rowan tree at Gregson Lane Playing Fields in Hoghton to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service and to support The Queen's Green Canopy project.

Along with many other civic organisations across the United Kingdom, the planting ceremony took place on 11 March 2022 - the seventieth day of the year in which The Queen marks the seventieth anniversary of her accession. Trees will also be planted at Farington Park, Middleforth Park, Much Hoole Playing Field and Withy Grove Park (previously designated as QEII Fields) in the coming weeks.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Jane Bell said: "It's an honour to plant a tree in South Ribble to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. It represents so much more than a single tree. As well as recognising the Jubilee and The Queen's Green Canopy project, which is a great initiative, it also represents the work going on across the Borough and our commitment to tree planting and improving biodiversity.

"Tree planting is something that everyone can get involved in - there's been lots of it going on in South Ribble, from volunteers who give their time to plant and maintain areas of the Borough, which look fantastic, to residents who have got involved by collecting a tree to plant at our tree giveaway events - a big thank you!"

The Mayor of South Ribble was joined by Cllr Jim Marsh, Cllr Peter Mullineaux, Cllr Chris Lomax, Jacqui Gibson - Chair & Trustee of Gregson Green and Ann Atkin -Secretary & Trustee of Gregson Green.

The Queen's Green Canopy project is a nationwide initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee' with a focus on sustainability, to create a legacy in honour of The Queen's leadership. Last Autumn, as delivery partners for the project, South Ribble Borough Council provided 4500 free trees to local primary schools.

Elsewhere in the Borough further planting has taken place, including off Croston Road, Farrington Moss, where a new woodland has been created by planting around 8624 trees with the help of local volunteer groups, Councillors and Council Officers.

More information can be found on the The Queen's Green Canopy website.

Take a look at our climate emergency pages to find out about the work we are doing.

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