The Marquess of Abergavenny oversaw the planting of a pair of trees on the edge of his estate, between Crowborough, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee set to take place next year.
He was joined by a group of nearly 50 guests, including Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani, local residents, local organisations and others interested in the Jubilee plan to plant trees to commemorate 70 years of the Queen’s service to the country.
Planting the two trees, Ms Ghani said: “Not only are we playing a crucial part in helping combat climate change, we are also reminding ourselves of the incredible service that our Queen has given to this country.”
The trees were also being planted for the future, said Lord Abergavenny, explaining: “At Eridge Park, we have an important role to play in preserving this wonderful estate.
“It is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, so the trees have been carefully chosen to suit the location.
“We are planting disease-resistant elms along this section of the Sussex border path as there used to be a beautiful line of elms bordering the road.”
The QGC project, covering the Queen’s Jubilee year of 2022, aims to create a national canopy of trees to help reduce the impact of climate change, filter air, increase wildlife habitat and improve the environment for everyone.
“I would urge everybody to spread the word about this country-wide initiative and, where possible, to get involved,” added Mr Blackman.