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1st Jul, 2022

Queen's woodland scheme to combat effects of climate change in Solihull

THE QUEEN’s woodland scheme has seen five trees planted in Solihull to help combat the effects of climate change.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project aims to support indigenous forests all over the former territories of the British Empire by planting native trees in key areas.

The project also aims to commemorate the contributions of those from commonwealth nations who fought for Britain in the two World Wars.

Solihull council cabinet member Joe Tildesley and borough MP Julian Knight attended a ceremony in Brueton Park.

Two silver birch trees, two rowan trees and one hazel tree were planted close to Brueton car park.

The same varieties of trees will be planted at 10,000 locations across the UK in a project co-ordinated by the Woodland Trust.

Project leaders say helping limit environmental damage will create a lasting physical legacy of the Queen’s leadership of the Commonwealth.

Coun Tildesley said: “It is an excellent environmental project and one that the council is proud to be involved with.

“Planting these trees in Brueton Park was a wonderful opportunity to play a small part in a huge global initiative.

“It is vitally important that we remember the sacrifice made by soldiers from this country and all across the commonwealth as we mark the centenary of the armistice.

“I hope that these trees will be seen as a lasting symbol of our recognition of that sacrifice.”

Julian Knight MP said: “I am very grateful to the Woodland Trust for gifting me these lovely saplings, and glad to plant them here in Brueton Park as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy programme.

“Here in Solihull we cherish our green community spaces, and I hope that as they grow these trees will beautify our community for decades to come.”

The planting in the park was organised by Love Solihull – Solihull council’s environmental initiative.

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