New Forest District Council to plant 60 red, white and blue trees to mark Queen's Jubilee Year
UP to 60 red, white and blue themed trees are to be planted as part of New Forest District Council’s celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting initiative, the scheme at Appletree Court in Lyndhurst will introduce three varieties: blue cedar, swamp oak, and Jacquemontii birch.
NFDC will also plant hundreds of young tree whips at Fawley Fields alongside bulbs and wildflowers to create a sustainable legacy for communities and wildlife.
Cllr Derek Tipp, NFDC chair, said: "As the local authority in the New Forest, we wanted to mark Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service.
"We have chosen a red, white, and blue theme for the trees, for the planting at our offices at Appletree Court, and a mixture of native and non-native trees across locations in the district."
They have been funded by the government’s Welcome Back Fund, which encourages communities to engage with their local areas post pandemic.
District councillors have each also been given an additional £400 in their community grants this year, while local community groups and event organisers can apply to the £1,000 community grant fund by contacting their ward councillor.
Grants have already been awarded to New Milton Mencap workshops for those with special needs to produce a jubilee mural, celebrations in Sandleheath and Fordingbridge, and tree planting projects.