I recently awarded five trees to Dosthill Park Wildlife Group as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a global initiative to create a ‘green’ canopy across the Commonwealth.
The trees - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel – will be planted around Dosthill Park and will join a recently planted oak to commemorate the group’s 10th anniversary.
Over 500 MPs took part in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. The conservation initiative was organised by The Woodland Trust and sponsored by Sainsbury’s.
I would like to thank Dosthill Park Wildlife Group and the many other groups for their entries and also the invaluable work that these passionate volunteers undertake throughout the year to protect and enhance our part of the world.
I was very pleased to take part in this initiative to commemorate Her Majesty’s achievements to the Commonwealth but also to help enhance our open spaces around Tamworth. Over the last few years it has become clear that we need to protect and enhance our environment and these small five trees will go some way to doing just that.
A spokesperson from Dosthill Park Wildlife Group said:
“We are very happy to have been chosen by Mr Pincher to receive these trees. Although at the moment they are small saplings once planted they should thrive and grow into mature trees giving pleasure to visitors and habitat for wildlife. Increasing the number of trees can only be good for all our futures and being part of QCC is very special indeed.”
Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight said:
“We are delighted so many MPs have decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity. They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe.
“I hope the residents of Tamworth will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.”
Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said:
“As the Woodland Trust’s largest corporate partner, we’re committed to raising awareness of the importance of the UK’s woods and trees, and contributing to their conservation.
“I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by woods, so trees have a particular resonance with me. Sainsbury’s recently planted its three millionth tree with the Trust, and the thought of being able to get so many more in the ground as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy with the support of so many MPs is an exciting prospect.”