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QUEEN’S GREEN CANOPY: Tree planting ceremony held in Garston peace garden

 Published on: 1st November 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Garston-based charity held a tree planting ceremony as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) scheme last month.

The QGC was launched in 2021 with people encouraged to plant a tree in honour of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 

During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a giant Tree of Trees sculpture was assembled outside Buckingham Palace. The sculpture was 21 metres high and made up of 80 steel branches that held 350 aluminium pots filled with trees.

After the jubilee, the structure was dismantled, and the trees returned to storage before being donated to community groups across the country for tree planting season in October.

Local charity, One Vision, was one of a select through to be honoured to receive one of these unique trees.

One Vision was founded by Stanborough Park Church member, Enoch Kanagaraj, as part of his church chaplaincy outreach with the aim of bringing communities together.

He said: “Out of 28,000 nominations, we were fortunate enough to be one to received a tree in recognition of the work we have done improving the quality of life within our community.

“It was a real honour to have been presented with a tree as recognition for the work we have done in our community.”  

The tree planting ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 19, in the Stanborough Park peace garden. 

Amongst the attendees was chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, councillor Annie Brewster, who commented that this pollard birch tree was the largest she had seen planted as part of the QGC scheme. 

The park’s groundsman, Gary Montague, also promised to give the tree a generous dose of tender love and care in the forthcoming months to help to get it established in its new home. 

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