Mayor of South Ribble plants tree in Hoghton for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Posted on - 20th March, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, South Ribble News, Wildlife and Conservation
Cllr Jim Marsh, Cllr Peter Mullineaux, Mayor of South Ribble Cllr Jane Bell, Cllr Chris Lomax, Jacqui Gibson and Ann Atkin

The Mayor of South Ribble has planted a tree in a Hoghton field to support The Queen’s Green Canopy project.


Mayor of South Ribble Councillor Jane Bell planted a rowan tree at Gregson Lane Playing Fields in Hoghton to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Along with many other civic organisations across the United Kingdom, the planting ceremony took place on 11 March – the seventieth day of the year that the Queen marks the seventieth anniversary of her accession.

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Mayor Jane Bell said: “It’s an honour to plant a tree in South Ribble to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – it represents so much more than a single tree.

“As well as recognising the Jubilee and The Queen’s Green Canopy project, which is a great initiative, it also represents the work going on across the borough and our commitment to tree planting and improving biodiversity.

“There have been lots going on in South Ribble – from volunteers who plant and maintain areas of the borough to those who collected a tree to plant at our tree giveaway events – a big thank you!”

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Trees will also be planted at Farington Park, Middleforth Park, Much Hoole Playing Field and Withy Grove Park (previously designated as QEII Fields) in the coming weeks.

The Mayor of South Ribble joined Cllr Jim Marsh, Cllr Peter Mullineaux, Cllr Chris Lomax, Jacqui Gibson – Chair and Trustee of Gregson Green and Ann Atkin – Secretary and Trustee of Gregson Green.

The Queen’s Green Canopy project is a nationwide initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

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It invites people from across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’, focusing on sustainability, to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership.

Last Autumn, as delivery partners for the project, South Ribble Borough Council provided 4,500 free trees to local primary schools.

Further planting has taken place off Croston Road, Farrington Moss, where a new woodland was created by planting around 8,624 trees with the help of local volunteer groups, councillors and council officers.

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