School plant tree to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee

A Wakefield primary school has been chosen to take part in a special tree planting ceremony as part of the planned celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. 

St Mary’s C.E (VA) Primary School were invited to take part in the ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ – a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee which invites people from across the UK to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. 

Everyone will be encouraged to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees from October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.  

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

The Council were asked to gift one school in the district with a ‘School Celebration Tree’ and picked St Mary’s as it sits close to the heart and centre of the city, in one of the district’s most multi-cultural neighbourhoods. The tree will provide a starting point for a new woodland area to provide a quiet reflective space for children, staff and parents. 

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This is a wonderful initiative – encouraging the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.  

“The children at St Mary’s really enjoyed the experience and I hope we have inspired them to play a part in looking after our environment – and they can feel proud to be part of something so important and momentous.” 

Mark Taylor, Headteacher at St Mary’s C.E, said: “Along with other communities, St. Mary’s has faced many challenges and experienced incredible sadness over the past eighteen months. This gift and planting ceremony has provided school with a positive and optimistic focus to start off the new school year.”  

To find out more about ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’, visit https://queensgreencanopy.org/

The Council’s Climate Change Action Plan will oversee the planting of more than 1,300 hectares of land with trees between 2020-2050 to transform the district’s landscapes, making communities more prosperous, beautiful, biodiverse and more able to cope with and mitigate the effects of climate change.