Community tree planting for Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

PR2196/GS/JB - 26/11/2018

Local schoolchildren and students joined Councillors at Beech Hurst Gardens in Haywards Heath to plant 26 young trees in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) on Friday 23 November.

Mid Sussex District Council and Haywards Heath Town Council organised the tree planting event, which included species native to the UK and others representing regions all over the world. The trees were planted at the award-winning, Green Flag accredited, Beech Hurst Gardens in a dedicated arboretum.

Students from Warden Park Academy, Oathall Community College, Bolnore Village Primary School and Plumpton College helped to plant the new trees. The schoolchildren learned about the many benefits of the different trees, and what care they need to thrive. A future visit is being planned for summer 2019 in order for the pupils to see how the trees are settling in.

Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery at Mid Sussex District Council said:

“This marks the start of an exciting joint project between the District and Town Council in Haywards Heath. In the future we plan to expand our tree work to include more schools, local businesses and the public in the planting and protection of trees in our district.”

Haywards Heath Town Councillor Sandy Ellis added:

‘‘The Town Council was honoured to support the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project and delighted that the Town Councillors supported and attended the planting Ceremony, alongside members of the community and local school children. This leaves a lasting legacy at Beech Hurst Gardens and supports the aims of the Town Council to keep the town green and pleasant for everyone to enjoy.”

Joining the group to celebrate this first planting day was Russell Horsey, formerly of Bristol City Council and one of the innovators behind TreeBristol, who commented:

“We have been involved in a successful campaign of community planting across Bristol for the past ten years. We are happy to share our experience, creating a new generation of trees and gathering community support and sponsorship to achieve this.”

If you would like to find out more, or can help support these tree planting plans, please contact