Mayor planted jubilee trees in Bradley Stoke to honour the Queen's 70 years of service and exhorted everyone to plant a tree
BSTC - 31st May 2022
Cllr Tom Aditya planted jubilee trees at the Brook Way Activity Centre premises to symbolically inaugurate the tree planting initiative as part of the Queen's Green Canopy programme in Bradley Stoke and to honour Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years of services.
The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree-planting initiative which invites people and organisations across the United Kingdom to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’ as a special gift for the Queen. As of 6 February 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee as the Head of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
Two oak tree saplings were donated to Bradley Stoke Council by the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, linked to the Queen’s Green Canopy. On Friday, 6th of May 2022, those two oak trees were planted by Councillor Tom Aditya as Mayor in a modest ceremony at Brook Way on the grassed area adjacent to the car park.
In addition to that, the Council bought seven maple trees representing the seven decades of the Queen’s reign. The Council appointed a grounds team from Brandon Trust to help planting those trees. Brandon Trust is a charity that supports people with learning disabilities and autism in order to live life in their chosen way, and the Council is glad to support their social enterprise. A workday was arranged on Friday, the 27th of May to prepare the land between Brook Way Activity Centre and Patchway Common Greenfields, by removing weeds and deadwood, in order to plant those seven maple trees.
Cllr Tom Aditya was joined at these tree planting ceremonies by Town Clerk Sharon Petela, Activity Centres Manager Philip Francis, Mrs Liny Aditya, council staff members as well as the grounds team from Brandon Trust.
After planting the jubilee trees, Cllr Tom Aditya said: “It was an incredible experience to work along with friends from Brandon Trust to prepare the ground and to plant the jubilee trees to create a legacy for our future generations. I appreciate Brandon Trust supervisor Ben’s patience and endurance as well as his teammates’ efforts in helping me and the council. I also acknowledge Sharon’s support and coordination in this project. Trees are amazing for the environment and are home to thousands of species of nature. They take carbon out of the atmosphere and help to tackle global warming and other pollutants. I wish to have a newly planted tree for each and every resident of this town and to transform our neighbourhood with the highest level of tree coverage and flower beds in the region”.
Cllr Tom Aditya added: “We are much glad to collaborate with the Queen in relation to conservation and protecting the environment. Nature is fundamental to the health of our societies. Celebrating Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee is a once in a lifetime opportunity. By joining the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, we have a unique opportunity to uplift our neighbourhoods. The delightful new jubilee tree saplings we planted will enhance the greenery and nature of Bradley Stoke. More trees will be planted in the near future. The Council is committed to looking after and conserving our green areas. I invite all residents, businesses, landowners, schools, churches, charities, community groups, scout groups and students to join the QGC mission to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee”.
The Queen’s Green canopy has actually been a campaign of Her Majesty for decades, Cllr Tom Aditya explained “What we’re doing is a celebration of Queen’s life and the work she’s been doing. I think it’s a fabulous inspiration that all councils and organisations throughout the country are taking part in it and looking forward to its next stage. We’ve known for some time about climate change and we’ve hosted the 2021 UN Climate Change World Summit in the UK, so we have to practice what we preach and this is a very demonstrable way of showing that the whole country cares. It’s also part of our objective to go net-carbon zero by 2030. I think these kinds of things are really important because it empowers individuals in communities to kind of take ownership of tackling the climate emergency. We’re facing a climate emergency and I’m hoping that these kinds of activities are going to really tackle that we’re going to get it under control within the next few years because we want to be able to pass this planet on to our next generation very diligently.”
“We want young people who have a future before them to see that we are actually improving our environment. The fact that our whole planet is deteriorating at a very rapid rate and could threaten the human race is a big, massive problem. It is a global issue. Tackling climate change is a colossal task. So, what we do as individuals might seem like a pinprick but if a thousand and then a million, then a billion or trillion pinpricks are put together it starts to make a difference and that’s what we’re doing here with this tree planting under the auspices of the QGC project. Taking positive action shows that you know no one’s too small to make a kind of change in the world and that you might only have a small sort of group to work from but you can do big things. Even if you have no backyard to plant a tree you could volunteer to be part of a community group to do tree planting. We all need to work away to do what we can. As ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”, Cllr Tom Aditya concluded.
The Queen's Green Canopy initiative is in partnership with the UK Government and the Woodland Trust and is steered by Cool Earth, which is an international non-governmental organisation that protects endangered rainforests in order to combat global warming, protect ecosystems and provide employment for local people. Whilst supporting the QGC initiative, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Trees have the potential to transform our communities, connect us with nature and provide homes for precious wildlife. They also have a huge role to play in tackling climate change as we build back greener from the pandemic. As we celebrate Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service, I encourage everyone to get behind this scheme, and go ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee'."
A network of 70 ancient woodlands and 70 ancient trees across the United Kingdom were dedicated to the Queen as part of the Queen's Green Canopy, in addition to the planting of new trees. With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC encourages increasing and protecting the native tree cover that will thrive, enhancing our environment and landscape and creating a legacy in honour of the Queen's reign, which will benefit the environment, communities and future generations.
You can also support the Queen’s Green Canopy by planting a tree in your garden. Planting a tree is easy. However, it's important to choose the right tree for the right location. Once they started growing in the ground, they need very little attention. You can find out more advice and guidance on the Queen’s Green Canopy website.