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Trees planted for Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project

People at tree planting event

Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee teamed up with representatives from Bracknell Forest Council and Sainsbury’s to plant 5 new trees at Bill Hill in Bracknell, as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.

The trees, including 2 silver birch, 2 rowan, and a hazel were all UK sourced tree saplings that were donated to Dr Phillip Lee thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust and Sainsbury’s.

Bracknell Forest has joined a network of global forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth and raise awareness of the value of indigenous forests for future generations. Fifty thousand trees will be planted across the UK this autumn, bringing together 500 MPs and their local communities.

Dr Phillip Lee, one of over 500 MPs who took up the offer of getting involved, said:

"With the Queen having visited Bracknell just last month, it is appropriate that we should be marking Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth at this time. It is doubly appropriate that Bracknell, one of the greenest boroughs in the country, should be doing so adding to its extensive stock of trees.

“I should like to congratulate the Woodland Trust on organising this initiative and also Sainsbury’s for their generous support. I hope that the children who have been here with me today planting these trees will come back in the future with their children and find healthy, strong and mature trees that will continue to bring pleasure to local residents for generations to come.”

Those on hand to help with the tree planting at this local nature reserve in Bracknell included Bracknell Forest Council Leader, Cllr Paul Bettison (OBE), and Chief Executive Timothy Wheadon, as well as children, parents and staff from The Rowans Children’s Centre, rangers from our Parks and Countryside team and representatives from Sainsbury’s.