Help plant new woodlands in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

03rd November 2022


Residents are being invited to help plant trees across Three Rivers as part of a project originally created to mark the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

More than 700 trees are to be planted in the district as part The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative which has been extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees to honour Her Majesty.

Three Rivers District Council is giving residents the chance to get involved at community tree planting events for the Queen's Green Canopy at Denham Way Playing Fields and at the Horses’ Field, Leavesden Country Park. Species being planted include hazel, English oak, hornbeam and walnut.

New trees are being planted, as well as ancient woodlands and forests protected, across the UK. The scheme began in Three Rivers last winter with the planting of standard trees in open spaces in towns and villages.

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, the Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: “What better way could there be to remember our late Queen than to help us plant the trees for a project that she launched herself to mark her 70 years on the throne? Creating new woodlands is something that will make a difference for generations to come, so please do come along and get involved at one of our community planting events.”

The massive planting project has been supported by local tree nursery, Herts Native Trees, which donated 20 standard trees towards the project. Funding has also been secured from the Treescape Fund to plant 25 additional street trees in locations in South Oxhey: including Hayling Road; Holmside Rise and Brampton Road.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the national project is designed to encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of the Queen which will benefit future generations. As well as inviting the planting of new trees, the project will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Anyone coming along is reminded to dress for the weather, with sturdy footwear and to bring a spade if possible.

Community Tree Planting for the Queen's Green Canopy events will take place at:

  • Denham Way Playing Fields

Wednesday 30 November, start at 10am

Meet at Denham Way, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth WD3 9SP

  • At the Horses’ Field, Leavesden Country Park

Saturday 3 December, start at 10am

Meet at the Furtherfield entrance, Furtherfield, Abbots Langley WD5 0NP

PHOTO: Cllr Sarah Nelmes, the Leader of Three Rivers District Council and Robert Voss, The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, planting Three English oaks at The Green, Croxley Green, in May.