MP plants trees for Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Lesley Laird MP has planted five trees in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, to mark the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.

The event, which was witnessed by local councillors, community group representatives and pupils from Kirkcaldy West PS, commemorates Her Majesty’s lifetime service to the Commonwealth.

The pack of trees contained five UK-sourced and grown native broad leaf trees – two Silver Birch, two Rowan and one Hazel – and were donated through a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet.

The programme, which drew in 6.4 million viewers, featured the Queen in conversation with Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and spoke of her little-known love of trees.

This legacy project – a UK-wide forest conservation initiative – will see over 500 MPs across the UK plant a tree in their constituency.

Lesley thanked Fife Council for its help in organising the event, adding: “It was an honour to plant these trees in Beveridge Park, a park which I’m sure many residents would agree is already a jewel in the crown of Kirkcaldy.

“This initiative honours the Queen’s life-long dedication to serving the Commonwealth but also the importance of conserving our woodland and trees for future generations.

“It will be marvellous to see these trees grow over the years, knowing they form part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy legacy.”

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project was launched at the 2015 Commonwealth conference in Malta and is aimed at creating new forests and plantations of trees in the 53 member countries.

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