A canopy of trees will be planted throughout the UK to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it emerged on Thursday.
Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, was asked in the Commons about plans for the blockbuster programme of celebrations planned to mark the historic 2022 milestone.
“I’m trying to resist the temptation to reveal some of the plans we are working on, but I can say we’re actually looking at the idea of a Queen’s green canopy working with Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs),” he said.
“So, we will plant trees up and down the country.”
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation on June 2, 1953
The plans will complement the monarch’s Commonwealth Canopy tree project – launched in 2015 – a network of forest conservation projects designed to preserve indigenous forests around the world and to advance sustainable forestry.
Warned that the Government should not be "spending excessively" on jubilee celebrations at a time of economic hardship, Mr Dowden assured MPs that both he and the royal household will ensure that money is spent "very wisely" on plans.
The Government has announced a "once-in-a-generation show" over a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend to mark the Queen having reigned as monarch for 70 years – the first time a British sovereign will have been on the throne for seven decades.
Plans are in place to stage a series of events across four days, from June 2 to 5 in 2022, which will reflect the Queen’s reign and her impact on the UK and the world since her accession to the throne in 1952.
At 94, the Queen is the longest-living monarch in British history, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving ruler five years ago.