"We all have a duty to nurture trees and woodlands" - PM

The Prime Minister Theresa May has joined over 500 other MPs in planting trees in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), an international network of forest conservation initiatives to mark the Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The Prime Minister plants a QCC tree watched by Sainsbury’s Judith Batchelar; Woodland Trust chair Baroness Young and Sofia Davenport, granddaughter to Maidenhead Waterways' Richard Davenport. Image: Martyn Milner Photography
The Prime Minister plants a QCC tree watched by Sainsbury’s Judith Batchelar; Woodland Trust chair Baroness Young and Sofia Davenport, granddaughter to Maidenhead Waterways' Richard Davenport. Image: Martyn Milner Photography

The trees - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel - were donated to Mrs May thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV.

In April the broadcaster screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following The Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees, which she discussed with Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

In support of the programme, the Woodland Trust, funded by Sainsbury’s, and through the Frank Field MP who conceived the QCC, offered commemorative packs of trees to every MP. A further 10,000 packs were given away to ITV viewers.

May has donated her tree pack to a local nature reserve in her Maidenhead constituency but also planted a specimen rowan alongside part of the restored York Stream waterway in the Berkshire consitituency.

She said: "We all have a duty to nurture our woodlands, forests and trees for future generations. That is why we have drawn up the 25 Year Environment Plan to make sure we leave our countryside in a better state than we found it.

"Planting and protecting our trees is vital to the plan which is why we appointed a Tree Champion - Sir William Worsley - to help achieve our promise of planting 11 million trees, plus another million in our towns and cities, in the next 25 years."

Maidenhead Waterways’ Chair of trustees Richard Davenport added: "The neglected waterways that once ran through the centre of Maidenhead are being restored and enlarged in stages, as part of a major regeneration of Maidenhead town centre. As our constituency MP, Theresa has been a loyal supporter of the project from the outset, and we were delighted when she asked us to nominate and prepare a location for a tree next to one of the first completed sections of waterway.

"Trees and water work so well together and the restored waterway will provide a vital ‘green lung’ and attractive public open space for people and wildlife to enjoy as Maidenhead grows and regenerates."


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