Hundreds of trees will soon be taking root in North East Derbyshire, as part of a unique project to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
Thanks to successful bids to the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, North East Derbyshire District Council land and some parish council areas in the district are set to get a whole lot greener!
The funding will pay for trees to be planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative - a unique project created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Chairman of North East Derbyshire District Council, planted the first tree for the district – a stunning Cypress Flagpole - at Holymoorside Recreation Ground.
Cllr Thacker, who represents Brampton and Walton ward (of which Holymoorside is a part), said: “Protecting the environment is one of our key council aims, so we are delighted to take part in such a wonderful initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.”
Cllr Charlotte Cupit, North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “These trees will not only look good, but will also help to clean up the environment by removing carbon dioxide from the air, as well as providing habitats for a whole host of birds and creatures.”
Cllr Thacker was joined by Alan Walker, NEDDC’s Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, for the planting ceremony, which also saw a second tree – an Indian Bean Tree – planted in the same location.
In North East Derbyshire (in addition to the two trees planted at Holymoorside Recreation Ground on 30 November) the following will be planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative:
- A further 15 standard Wild Cherry trees for Holymoorside & Walton Parish Council.
- 250 whips (young tree seedlings) planted on Wingerworth Parish Council areas.
- NEDDC has also placed bids for 57 standard trees (10 Wild Cherry, 20 Oak, 10 Alder, 7 Hornbeam and 10 Whitebeam) to be planted on NEDDC land at selected sites across the district.
Pictured (from left): Alan Walker, North East Derbyshire District Council’s Grounds Maintenance Supervisor with Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Chairman of North East Derbyshire District Council planting the first tree for North East Derbyshire District as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.