Judith helps to plant Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy saplings in Wibsey

Judith helps to plant Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy saplings in Wibsey

Six new trees were planted in Wibsey Park and its Community Garden as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project.

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins presented the saplings on Friday and helped to plant them, along with volunteers and members of the garden and the recently revived Friends of Wibsey Park Group.

Members of Parliament were among those who could apply for the saplings, which have been distributed across the globe to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The six saplings, a mixture of silver birches, rowans and hazels, were split equally between the park itself and the Community Garden.

It also gave Judith a chance to look around the Community Garden and meet the workers and volunteers who keep the fantastic space going throughout the year.

Judith said: “As soon as I heard of this brilliant idea I was keen to get involved. It sends a really important message about conserving the UK’s woodlands and trees for future generations and helps to mark the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth.

“The park and Community Garden are wonderful spaces for our community. I hope people from Wibsey and beyond enjoy seeing the trees flourish.”

Joint secretary of the Friends of Wibsey Park Karina Addy said: “We are delighted to receive the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Trees. They will make a valuable addition to both the park and the Community Garden.”

The QCC involves all 53 Commonwealth countries and 50,000 saplings have been sent out throughout the UK alone.

The scheme follows a documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, screened on ITV in April. It followed Her Majesty the Queen and the QCC legacy project, which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her love of trees.

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