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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are asking us to plant new trees – for an extraordinary celebration

The royals are encouraging us to unleash our green fingers to mark an important historic event

Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth tree planting campaign
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Queen Elizabeth II is asking us to take to our gardens to mark a milestone occasion – her Platinum Jubilee. Prince Charles announced the campaign via a video on the official Royal Family Instagram account in which he urges us to celebrate the event he calls the 'Tree-bilee.'

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'Planting a tree is a statement of hope and faith in the future,' the Prince shares. He invites everyone to 'plant a tree for the Jubilee' to mark a very special year for the Queen and the Royal family. The Prince's message marked the beginning of the campaign that will pay homage to Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on the throne whilst also benefiting the environment. 

The Royal Family is asking us to plant a tree from the start of the planting season in October this year and continue throughout 2022 – the Platinum Jubilee year.

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'Whether you are an individual hoping to plant a simple sampling in your garden, a school or community group planting a tree, a council, charity or business intending to plant a whole avenue of trees, everyone can get involved,' Prince Charles adds.

Why should we Plant a Tree for the Jubilee?

Why has the Queen chosen to celebrate her reign with trees? As Prince Charles notes in his address, the Queen has officially planted over 1,500 trees while on the throne. Many of these plants are around the world, planted while she was visiting on official duties. 

In the last planting season in March, Prince Charles also planted a tree with the Queen on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Plus, most fittingly, 70 ancient woodlands and 70 ancient trees around the UK will be dedicated to the Queen's momentous reign. 

Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth tree planting campaign

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The occasion will also see the launch of a new pilot training program through London's only specialist environmental school, Capel Manor College, which will offer the chance for unemployed people between 16 and 24 years old to plant and take care of trees.

We can think of no better way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's reign – wherever we are in the world.

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.