Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a national planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. In 2021 and 2022 everyone across the country was invited to get involved and plant a tree.

The Queen’s Green Canopy dedicates a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identifies 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. The Queen’s Green Canopy looks to highlight the significant value of trees and woodlands as nature’s way to clean the air we breathe, slow the impact of climate change, create important wildlife habitats and improve our general health and wellbeing.

Over the last 70 years Her Majesty planted over 1,500 trees all over the world. The Queen’s Green Canopy looks to continue this work and inspire many more to join in a legacy that will honour the Queen’s leadership and benefit future generations.

2021/22 projects

Bedford Borough Council has planted a tree native to the UK in each ward across the borough. Soon there will be a map where you can find all 17 trees planted to honour the Queen’s Jubilee. Bedfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant planted the first tree to begin the Queen’s Green Canopy project here in Bedford Borough back in November 2021.

A Jubilee Avenue was planted along the footpath in Goldington Green that will lead to the War Memorial. Native trees will provide food and shelter for insects, birds, animals and shade during the summer months.

At Jackman’s Farm, near Woodlands Country Park, over 200 of you volunteered to help Bedford Borough Council and the Forest of Marston Vale to plant thousands of trees. The project extended the local woodlands and protected Clapham Park wood, an ancient semi-natural woodland. The trees will help to combat climate change and bring Bedford Borough closer to its targets of being carbon neutral by 2030.

More trees were planted in our community orchards at Eastcotts Road and Lancaster Avenue, providing locals with fruit from Bedford Borough's famous Laxton varieties. Along the River in Queen’s Park, flood defensive trees were planted to rejuvenate the area after recent storms have damaged many of the aging trees.

2022/23 projects

On Longholme Way a Miyawaki Forest is planned to be planted in winter 2022 with our partners: the Forest of Marston Vale, Rotary Rowing Club and Cranfield University. These forests of densely planted native trees grow at an increased rate capturing more carbon and providing a habitat to wildlife quicker than usual planting.

Community tree planting projects are happening at Browns woods, Clapham, Maskell Drive and Duchess Road.

How can you get involved

We will be holding volunteer days at multiple sites across the Borough with more information on the way. You don’t need any experience as we will start the day with a planting tutorial so you will only need to bring a spade. Planting trees is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air, exercise and leave a lasting mark on your local environment.

Contact volunteering@bedford.gov.uk for more information and to book a slot on one of our planting days.

Many estates have a resident association that carries out tasks such as litter picking and general maintenance. Your local resident association may be able to drive a tree planting initiative or join us on one of the planting days.