Lichfield primary school plants tree for the jubilee

dignitaries and pupils with tree

Staffordshire’s Lord-Lieutenant joined pupils at Charnwood Primary School in Lichfield to plant a tree in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. 

Lichfield became one of the latest cities in the UK to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’ on Tuesday 12 October. 

The Lord-Lieutenant Ian Dudson officially planted the Acer Campestre tree in front of pupils, teachers and dignitaries from across the district and county. 

Charnwood Primary School is one of the 69 schools from cities in the UK to be chosen to plant a ‘school celebration tree’ donated by the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

This is the first part in a programme of activities around tree planting to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. 

Ian Dudson, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire, said:

“The Staffordshire Lieutenancy is proud to support The Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation.  

“The tree will be recorded on The Queen’s Green Canopy Map as a lasting legacy in Lichfield of the Platinum Jubilee. 

“These plantings are intended to inspire young people to take a deeper interest in the natural environment and associate themselves with trees and all the benefits they provide.” 

Katie Stanley, Head Teacher at Charnwood Primary School, commented:

“It is such an honour to be chosen as the site for the jubilee tree, and we will take good care of it at the school. We will also be incorporating aspects of the event into our curriculum and I know the pupils are all thrilled to be a part of this historic event.” 

Councillor Barry Gwilt, Chair of Lichfield District Council, said:

“This is a great way to start the celebrations to mark The Queen’s 70-year-long reign. It is part of a project that invites people across the United Kingdom to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’ from October 2021 to the end of 2022. We hope plenty of people across Lichfield District will rise to the challenge and get planting!” 

Find out more about The Queen’s Green Canopy

Published: 12 October 2021