Worcester receives ‘Great Honor’ for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
WORCESTER has achieved Champion City status as part of a new initiative marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a tree-planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, encouraging cities, towns, businesses, Boy Scout groups and individuals to plant trees during the planting season from October to March 2022.
QGC launched the Champion City initiative to highlight UK cities that have ensured forests are a central part of their green space plans, and Worcester has been recognized as one of them.
Other cities recognized as Champion Cities are Belfast, Cardiff, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leicester, Newcastle, Preston, Swansea, Southampton and York.
The Mayor of Worcester, Councilor Stephen Hodgson, said: “On behalf of the people of Worcester, I would like to express how great an honor this is for our city.
“City Council will now work with residents to plant new trees in each of our Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust green spaces and I will lead a special tree planting ceremony at the King George V Playgrounds.
“Local residents will be involved in the selection of trees and in the design of the tree decor for the King George V playgrounds.”
The green spaces of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust in the city, which will receive new trees, are:
• the Saint-Pierre electricity park
• Cherry Orchard local nature reserve
• Offerton Lane local nature reserve
• Closure of Weyburn
• Northwick Lido
• Oldbury Road Park
• Warndon Park
• Cromwell Crescent
Seventy ancient forests will be dedicated to the celebration of the 70 years of the Queen’s reign.
QGC’s tree planting initiative will resume in October 2022 until the end of the Jubilee year.