Heathfield students are engaged in the national celebration of the Queens Platinum Jubilee this summer. For the Queen’s birthday on 21 April the Union Jack flag flew from the College flagpole and recently a generous donation has allowed students to take part in the Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative to encourage everyone to plant a tree to mark the Jubilee.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) has been created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Everyone across the UK is being invited to plant trees from October 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. The Queen’s Green Canopy will create a network of individual trees, avenues, copses and whole woodlands in honour of The Queen’s service and the legacy she has built. The hope is that this will create a green legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the future. This is an ambition which fits well with the College’s focus on sustainability and environmental protection.
The College was fortunate enough to be approached by a representative from English Woodlands who are generously supporting us with current designs to improve the Learning Support Garden. Unexpectedly they have also very kindly donated a birch tree as part of The Green Canopy initiative. Despite the College site already being home to a plethora of trees and shrubs, we are always keen to find ways to support continued sustainability and we swiftly identified a perfect spot for the tree. Student leaders Amy, Nathan, Annalise and Bertie very much enjoyed planting the tree which is now bedding in well, the link to the Queens Jubilee has been marked for posterity by a beautiful sign designed and produced by our talented Technology Technician Mr Stidder.
We are very grateful to English Woodland for their ongoing support and will enjoy seeing the Birch Tree grow for many years to come.