King Charles writes foreword for Queen’s Green Canopy in tribute to the late Queen

A new book to mark the initiative features a message from Charles

The King has written the foreword for the book that celebrates the woodlands and trees dedicated to the late Queen, entitled ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’.

The book, to be published in June 2023, features photographs of trees and historic woodlands, that were dedicated to the late Monarch to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

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Tree planting is a common feature of royal engagements but the The Queen’s Green Canopy was to mark the Platinum Jubilee, and leave a green legacy of the late Queen’s reign.

The King recalled the first tree he planted alongside his mother to mark the beginning of the Green Canopy in March 2021. Charles noted how he was ‘delighted, as Patron, to witness the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the call to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”‘.

‘Across the whole of the UK, individuals, community groups, charities and businesses chose to mark the Platinum Jubilee by planting trees – a veritable “Treebilee”!’

King Charles III recognised the importance the initiative has provided in ‘greater awareness of the importance of trees and woodlands for the enormous benefits they bring us and our planet’. Through the ‘enduring and reassuring presence’ of trees and woodlands,The Queen’s Green Canopy was ‘a particularly appropriate way of commemorating the 70-year reign of our late Queen’.

The Monarch said that the trees and woodlands that have been dedicated to Elizabeth II ‘have played in the history of our country by dedicating seventy ancient trees and seventy ancient woodlands to Her Majesty’.

‘These trees and woodlands many of an astonishing age, have their enchanting character and history and are inseparable from our country’s culture. Earlier this year, I enjoyed visiting the Restormel Oak in Cornwall, and I look forward to seeing many more in the years ahead. It is, of course, my sincere hope that some of the trees planted for the Platinum Jubilee will be the ancient trees and woodlands of the future.’

The King concluded his foreword by praising the ‘incredibly talented photographers, Adrian Houston and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice’, who captured the ‘extraordinary diversity and beauty of all the seventy ancient trees and seventy ancient woodlands’.

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