Plant a Tree for the Jubilee

Wednesday 16th February 2022

Local youth organisation urges residents to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ as Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative gets underway.

Group of children with shovels plant a tree

Members of Bangor Elim Campaigners have rolled up their sleeves and planted 800 trees at Castle Park in Bangor. The special tree planting event was held on Saturday 12 February, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. This ambitious project aims to leave a legacy of the Platinum Jubilee in the Borough for generations to come. The Queen’s Green Canopy project marks the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Ards and North Down Borough Council is planting 5,000 native trees in total at Castle Park in Bangor, to celebrate this momentous milestone. 

Bangor Elim Campaigners taking part in the Queen's Canopy tree planting event on Saturday 12th February at Castle Park in Bangor

The Queen’s Green Canopy project runs alongside Ards and North Down Borough Council’s STAND4TREES initiative, which will run until 2032. The aim of the project is to ensure improved tree cover within the Borough and help to promote the importance of trees. It seeks to engage local communities across the Borough to increase the level of tree cover on Council property and that of other agencies and private landowners. One such project within the initiative, is to engage with communities to plant a tree for every person in the Borough. That is approximately 160,000 trees in total. 

Stephen Daye, Head of Parks and Cemeteries at Ards and North Down Borough Council, explained more about the benefits of the initiative:  

“The Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative allows young and old to come together to make a positive impact in their communities. It also encourages people of all ages to step outside and enjoy the beauty the Borough has to offer. Trees are good for people and good for the environment. They can improve air quality by producing oxygen, storing carbon, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants. Trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife as well as for people. The groups involved in this special tree planting event now look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour for years to come.” 

Join us and #STAND4TREES.  

To find out more about tree planting in the Borough and read the Council’s Tree & Woodland Strategy visit: www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/trees. If groups want to take part in tree planting initiatives across the Borough please contact us on 0300 013 3333 or email andparks@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk. 

Photo Captions: Bangor Elim Campaigners taking part in the Queen's Canopy tree planting event on Saturday 12th February at Castle Park in Bangor.