Parliament gets tree planting


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John Bercow swapped the Speaker’s robe for a spade today to plant an apple tree outside the Houses of Parliament in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The ‘Red Windsor’ apple was planted on Speaker’s Green as part of the Jubilee Woods project run by the Woodland Trust, which is aiming to add six million new trees in the UK as a tribute to the Queen.

“The Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project is a fine example of the enormous success of the Jubilee festivities in bringing people together to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of dedication to public service,” said the Speaker.

Sixty Diamond Woods, each of at least 60 acres, are being created across the country along with hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods but nearly three million trees still need to be planted to reach the project’s target.

“We can only make this exciting and ambitious project successful with everyone’s help. We want to give people the chance to plant trees this season and we’re appealing to individuals, communities, organisations and businesses, to help make this happen. Long after the champagne bubbles have faded from the thousands of street parties that took place during that historic jubilee weekend, these Diamond Woods will continue quietly growing, creating a natural and beautiful legacy to Her Majesty lasting hundreds of years,” said Sue Holden, Woodland Trust Chief Executive.

The Trust has thousands of free Jubilee Tree packs available for communities and schools across the UK. For individuals there is a special range of Jubilee trees for gardens or pots available online.

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