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Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale OBE, MP plants trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Published on Monday, 12th November 2018

Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Tree Planting

Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale OBE MP has joined over 500 other MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Trees were planted in Riverside Park, Burnham-on-Crouch on Friday 9 November by Rt. Hon John Whittingdale OBE, MP, Cllr Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council, Cllr Bob Boyce, Chairman of Community Services and Cllr Ron Pratt, Burnham-on-Crouch Town Council and ECC Member and Nick Sandford, Regional External Affairs Officer, the Woodland Trust.

They were donated to John Whittingdale thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees. 

At the heart of the film was a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough filmed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace last summer.  In a rare opportunity to see the Queen talking informally to Sir David, the conversation ranged from climate change, to conkers and of course trees, and was watched by 6.4 million viewers, making it ITV’s most watched factual programme of the year.

In support of the programme the Woodland Trust provided 50,000 trees for ITV viewers, and via the Rt. Hon Frank Field MP, who conceived the QCC initiative, also offered a special commemorative pack to every MP in the UK.