James Brokenshire has helped plant 5 trees in Joyden’s Wood as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
The trees were donated 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. In support of the programme, the Woodland Trust provided 50,000 trees to members of the public, as well as offering a special commemorative pack to other MPs.
Joyden’s Wood’s variety of trees and plants, abundant wildlife, and intriguing history provided the perfect opportunity for James to plant these native broadleaf trees including two silver birch trees, two rowan trees, and a hazel tree.
Commenting following the planting, James said:
“I was delighted to join volunteers and representatives from the Woodland Trust to plant these trees in Joyden’s Wood as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. This unique initiative is important in raising awareness of the value of established indigenous forests like Joyden’s Wood, and saving them for future generations, as well as planting new forest.”
“Trees are vital to our environment, not only providing oxygen, improving soil health and water quality and providing a home for wildlife but also in being the foundation of our landscape and countryside. I therefore look forward to seeing these trees grow from this special legacy initiative and I hope the residents of Bexley will also enjoy watching these trees flourish in this ancient woodland.”