Special 'Tree of Trees' planted in Locke Park to remember Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's extraordinary reign

Earlier today, the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Sarah-Jane Tattersall, and Colonel George Kilburn MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, planted our special ‘Tree of Trees’ in Locke Park to remember Her Majesty The Queen.

Given to us by the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), this wonderful tree will serve as a lasting tribute in Barnsley to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary life and reign.

Today’s planting ceremony gave guests a chance to reflect on her 70 years of service and devotion, including Parish Trevy, the Young Mayor of Barnsley, Father Peter Needham, the Mayor’s Chaplain, and Friends of Locke Park.

Last month, we were chosen as one of over 300 organisations across the country to receive a special tree from the QGC’s ‘Tree of Trees’.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, these trees stood tall as a message of hope, regeneration and optimism during the Platinum Jubilee. Standing outside Buckingham Palace, the ‘Tree of Trees’ placed the importance of trees at the heart of the historic celebrations for Her Majesty, who planted over 1,500 trees throughout her 70-year reign.

As part of the QGC, which was created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, we’re pleased to have planted over 100 trees across Barnsley in Her Majesty’s name.

Councillor Sarah-Jane Tattersall, Mayor of Barnsley, said: “We were delighted to be chosen to receive one of the special ‘Tree of Trees’, serving as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary reign and building on the canopy’s living legacy in our borough.

“Many people across Barnsley came together to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, showing the special place she held in the hearts of our communities. Today’s tree planting gives our communities a space to remember our Queen and helps everyone be part of this special legacy, whether watching it grow or taking part in your own tree planting.

“If you’re in Locke Park, pay our living tribute to our Queen a visit. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this moving tribute possible.”

The QGC is a UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, with over a million trees planted across the country to date. The scheme has been extended to the end of the tree planting season in March 2023, giving people a chance to plant trees to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

For more information on the QGC and how you can get involved, please visit queensgreencanopy.org.

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