News MBC marks Queens Green Canopy with 70 new trees in seven locations

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Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is helping to create a living legacy as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative by planting 70 trees in seven locations across the borough.

Maidstone Mayor, Cllr Derek Mortimer has been joined by MBC Councillors today, 5 January, working together to plant the first 70 trees into the ground at Whatman Park. MBC is working with local community groups and schools to help plant the new trees in the other six locations.

Leader of MBC, Cllr David Burton said:

“It is an honour to be part of this unique tree planting initiative which will leave a fantastic legacy to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. We will be planting a total of 490 trees this winter as part of the initiative. Increasing tree cover is an important part of our strategy for protecting biodiversity, and mitigating the climate emergency. Tree planting is fully supported by the council's climate action plan.”

Over the next two weeks trees will also be planted at Allington Recreation Ground, Giddyhorn Recreation ground and in two areas in both South Park and Shepway Green.

The Queen’s Green Canopy invited people from across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ and is proud to be creating a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the nation.

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Photo attached left to right: MBC staff John Edwards and Gemma Bailey, Leader of MBC Cllr David Burton, Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Derek Mortimer, Cllr Martin Round Lead Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Clive English and Cllr Stuart Jeffery

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