Council plants 250 trees in honour of The Queen

PR2422/SB/MF - 08/03/2022

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) has planted 250 new trees at Ashenground Woods Nature Reserve in Haywards Heath as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The new trees will form part of The Queen’s Green Canopy, a network of individual trees, avenues, copses and whole woodlands that have been planted by people across the UK in honour of the Queen’s 70 years of service.

Mid Sussex District Council Vice-Chairman, Cllr Phillip Coote was joined by councillors, MSDC contractors Id Verde, County Tree Surgeons and local volunteers on Saturday 5 March to plant the trees, which were generously donated by Government software provider Arcus Global.

The saplings, which are a mixture of British native species comprising English Oak, Hawthorn, Field Maple and Rowan, will enhance and extend the woodland, regenerating the area and enabling new habitats to flourish.

Councillor Philip Coote, Vice-Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Last month, The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people across the country planting trees in honour of Her Majesty’s service and the legacy she has built. I’m delighted that Mid Sussex District Council has been able to play a small part in the creation of The Queen’s Green Canopy, which is sure to create a legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing benefits for people, wildlife and the climate, both now and in the future.”

Residents can use a dedicated map to view the locations of all the trees planted across the UK in honour of Her Majesty at www.queensgreencanopy.org

Mid Sussex District Council is also asking young people up to the age of 16 to design a Jubilee themed woodland seat, which will be located in Ashenground Woods alongside the new trees. Volunteers at the Burgess Hill Shed craft workshop will use the winning design as inspiration when creating a seat to act as a reminder of this special year.

To enter the competition, residents should email their designs to jubilee2022@midsussex.gov.uk. Entries must be received by Tuesday 7 June and full details can be found at www.midsussex.gov.uk/platinum-jubilee

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