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Church of England encourages tree planting

Like the queen? Plant a tree. The Church of England has.

The Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative has been introduced as the United Kingdon’s Queen Elizabeth II marks her Platinum Jubilee this year. The initiative calls for individuals from all walks of life to plant a tree and contribute to the betterment of the environment.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

 

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined the initiative by planting a fig tree in the garden of Lambeth Palace, his official residence.

Christian Today reports:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has planted a tree in the grounds of his official residence, Lambeth Palace, as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

 

The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative is running throughout 2022 and invites members of the public to “plant a tree for the Jubilee”.

 

Archbishop Justin Welby chose to plant a fig tree in his garden.

Welby further supported the initiative by mentioning that the trees are part of God’s creation, so it is our responsibility to look after mother nature.

Welby said: “The beauty of trees reminds us of our responsibility to care for God’s creation, for each other and for generations to come.

The Church of England has also supported the initiative.

The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, who is the lead bishop for the Church of England on environmental issues, said: “Planting a tree is always about expressing hope in the future and is a gift to the rest of creation, as well as future generations.

Usher believes that the initiative is congenial to the Platinum Jubilee celebration as the Queen is known for planting a large number of trees throughout the years.

“Over seven decades, Her Majesty The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees and it is fitting that Her Majesty has chosen to mark her Platinum Jubilee by encouraging us to join up this tree canopy.

 

“These trees will remind us of the gift Her Majesty is to this nation and the Commonwealth, as well as the hope-filled future we look to for the whole of creation.”

 

CEO of the Queen’s Green Canopy, Dan Rex, said: “The Church of England was a very early supporter of The Queen’s Green Canopy and I am delighted and grateful to participate in this special planting at Lambeth Palace with Archbishop Justin and Bishop Graham.

Read the full article here.

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