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Breckland Council plant hundreds of trees in Attleborough to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee



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Hundreds of trees have been planted in Attleborough as part of an initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Members of Breckland Council have worked with the Woodland Trust to plant 360 trees in the green space off Blackthorn Road, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) campaign – which invites people from across the country to “plant a tree for the jubilee”.

A mixture of trees, including oak and other native varieties, deemed ‘fit for a queen’, were planted by members of the community this month to mark the occasion.

Councillor Ian Sherwood on Blackthorn Road, in Attleborough, where the trees were planted. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Councillor Ian Sherwood on Blackthorn Road, in Attleborough, where the trees were planted. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

Councillor Ian Sherwood, Breckland Council’s lead for sustainability, said: “We’re proud to be part of the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign – planting trees is a fantastic way to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and make Breckland an even greener and more beautiful place.

“One of our priorities as a council is to lead our district in becoming greener and more sustainable, and planting more trees is a key part of that.

“We worked with the Woodland Trust to identify these two areas as the most suitable places to plant hundreds of trees, and it will be great to think of Breckland residents enjoying them for years and even generations to come.”

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC encourages planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the nation.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, it will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate her majesty’s 70 years of service.

In Suffolk, over half a million trees and hedging plants have, or will be, planted as part of the initiative.

The project will eventually see 348,000 trees and 39.8km of hedging planted in the county, totalling 547,000 woody shrubs and trees.

So far, 85 per cent of these have been planted, with the remaining amount due to be planted later this year.

The project has been a giant collective effort carried out by individuals, parishes, community groups, landowners, farmers, schools, churches, businesses and councils.

Diana Hunt, Suffolk deputy lieutenant and spokeswoman for the Queen’s Green Canopy in Suffolk, said: “So many wonderful people and organisations are getting involved.”

The Green Canopy project also marks the launch of the Festival of Suffolk, a series of events happening between May and October.



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