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Dunstable Town Mayor leads Queen’s Green Canopy Tree Planting


Jemma Candy


March 11, 2022


Dunstable Town Mayor, Cllr Gloria Martin plants trees with local organisations to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

A tree planting event to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee took place at Mentmore Recreation Ground in Dunstable on 11 March 2022. Dunstable Town Mayor, Councillor Gloria Martin, led a group of local community organisations and representatives at the event to plant the first of twenty standard trees.

The National Association of Civic Officers encouraged nationwide tree planting on 11 March 2022 as this auspicious date marked the 70th day of the 70th year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

The tree species for the planting at Mentmore have been chosen with climate resilience in mind and include trees such as Scotts Pine and Alder. Alder trees are known to benefit surrounding trees by fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere.

Funding was generously provided by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Tree Planting Grant Scheme.

The tree planting site will be marked with an official Queen’s Green Canopy memorial plaque located on an entrance fence to Mentmore Recreation Ground. The plaque is hand-made by members of The Royal British Legion. An additional stone plaque has been set into the ground adjacent to the tree planted by the Mayor.

All trees planted for The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to commemorate the Jubilee year will be plotted on the Queen’s Green Canopy digital map.

About the tree planting, Dunstable Town Mayor Councillor Gloria Martin said: ‘I was delighted that the Council was able to organise this very special tree planting for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in support of the Green Canopy initiative. It was good to see so many organisations represented at the planting ceremony, and I know that these trees will go some way towards helping with climate change. I am very much looking forward to seeing further tree planting taking place at Mentmore next winter.’

Each group planted the following trees:

The Mayor of Dunstable – Great White Cherry
DTC Cllrs – False Acacia and Great White Cherry
Dunstable in Bloom. – Downy Birch and Juneberry
Local Residents – Juneberry x 2
Students from Priory Academy – Upright Hornbeam and Scots Pine
Central Bedfordshire Council Ward Cllrs – Downy Birch
Past Mayors – Alder
Central Bedfordshire Council Sustainability Team – Downy Birch
Inner Wheel – Scots Pine
Trefoil Guild – False Acacia
Dunstable and District History Society – Juneberry
Bedfordshire Police – Upright Hornbeam
Some of these photos are kindly provided by Justyna Tarnacka and Jana Veyres.

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