Plant a tree for the Jubilee

We were delighted to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Jo Ropner to the garden to plant a tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting 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”.

Mrs Ropner was welcomed by June Tainsh, garden manager and Phil Crabtree, chair of trustees. June took her on a short tour of the garden, which was followed by the ceremonial planting of a spring flowering ornamental cherry Prunus ‘Shogetsu’ (Blushing bride cherry) in the Orchard in front of volunteers, staff and trustees.

June said, “We wanted to be a part of the QGC, as part of the community of Helmsley but also because trees are a vital part of the environment and we want to plant as diverse a range as possible to provide an environment that benefits both nature and our visitors.”

Jo Ropner, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire said “It was such an honour to plant a cherry tree at Helmsley Walled Garden today, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” initiative.  I am delighted to help celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s remarkable 70 years on the throne with the simple but important act of planting a tree – one that will benefit the Helmsley community and future generations for many years to come.  I am so pleased that Helmsley Walled Garden, and our county of North Yorkshire, are playing such a significant part in commemorating Her Majesty’s extraordinary and devoted service to her people in this Platinum Jubilee year.”

Visitors to the garden will be able to see the new planting, complete with commemorative plaque when the garden reopens to the public on Wednesday 2nd March.

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