Work to establish a Jubilee Wood at a primary school has started as part of Kent County Council’s (KCC) involvement in the Queen’s Green Canopy project.
On Tuesday, 29th March, councillors joined staff, pupils and KCC’s Chairman, Lesley Game, at Sandwich Junior School to begin planting the trees.
The wood has been designed to represent the 1,768 children who are in KCC’s care.
KCC Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services, Sue Chandler, said: “This Jubilee Wood is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, while also recognising the young people in our care.
“I am delighted that Sandwich Junior School has agreed to plant these trees in their grounds, the wood will add so much vitality to the area and offer great opportunities for young people to learn about what grows around them.”
KCC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Susan Carey, said: “Throughout her reign our monarch has encouraged us to care for our natural environment. The Queen’s Green Canopy recognises her service in a way that will benefit future generations and mark the importance to KCC of our children in care.
“This special way of planting maximises the benefit of these trees and I hope the children will always feel they too are special to us.”
Headteacher of Sandwich Junior School, Martin Dyson, said: “The Jubilee Wood is a welcome addition to our school and the children cannot wait to start observing the rewilded world around them.
“The increase in tree cover in the coming years and decades ahead will enhance the way we can incorporate outside spaces into our curriculum.”
Planting will be organised by KCC staff, volunteer tree wardens and environment champions between October 2022 and February 2023.
Sites will be open to other schools in the area and responsibility for watering the trees and maintaining the site will rest with the schools for at least the first three years.
- Visit https://queensgreencanopy.org/ for more information about the Queen’s Green Canopy project
For more information, contact Ellis Stephenson – firstname.lastname@example.org – in the KCC press office.