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idverde was delighted to support Charnwood Borough Council marking Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by donating an English Oak planted in Queen’s Park as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.More projects for Charnwood Borough Council
The English Oak (Quercus robur) is one of Britain’s most well-known species which can grow up to 20–40m tall and produce acorns that contain the seeds to grow new oak trees.
The oak tree can support a wide variety of wildlife, providing a habitat for hundreds of insect species, and feeding mammals such as squirrels and badgers which feed on the acorns. When in a suitable habitat like mature woodlands, the English Oak can attract rare species of birds including UK conservation status amber listed Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) and red listed Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris) which are both protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The tree planting ceremony, led by Cllr Jenny Boker (the Council’s cabinet lead member for Loughborough), took place in Queen’s Park in Loughborough on Friday the 11th of March. The date significantly marks the seventieth day of the year in which the Queen celebrates the seventieth anniversary of her accession. Volunteers from the Friends of Queen’s Park and the Chair of Loughborough in Bloom, Pat Cook, also attended the event to celebrate this very special occasion. The location of the new English oak tree will be added to an interactive map on the Queen’s Green Canopy website.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative that invites people across the country to plant a tree in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
For more information about the Queen’s Green Canopy, please visit https://queensgreencanopy.org/