Tree planting kicks off Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Ledbury

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations have started in Ledbury with a tree planting event.

Organized by Ledbury City Council, the planting yesterday brought together a host of dignitaries from across Herefordshire.

Ledbury Mayor Andy Manns said he was grateful for the fine weather as guests gathered at New Street Cemetery on Thursday January 13.

“The Platinum Jubilee tree planting went very well and is due to the great teamwork and organization by Ledbury Council staff and gardeners,” Councilor Manns said. .

“There was a very good turnout from our guests which included local dignitaries, councillors, council staff, task forces and members of the public. The weather was excellent for this time of year, which I’m very happy about.”

Those present included Herefordshire High Sheriff Jo Hilditch; Second Lieutenants James Hervey-Balthurst, Sue Furnival and Lieutenant Colonel Andy Taylor; Hereford Mayor Paul Stevens and Mayor’s Officer John Marshall; Herefordshire Council Speaker Sebastian Bowen and Leominster Deputy Mayor Trish Marsh.

“It was a historic and momentous occasion as there has never been a platinum jubilee for our monarchy before,” Cllr Manns said. “This is the first and possibly the longest reign in British history.

“It was a very successful occasion which was appreciated by all,” he added.

“Ledbury City Council was fortunate to receive 15 trees through the Queen’s Green Canopy program. The trees are a mix of cherry blossoms and they will all be planted in various locations around the cemetery.

The Queen’s Green Canopy program is a national initiative to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Individuals, community groups, schools, villages and businesses are encouraged to plant trees during the official tree planting season, which runs until the end of March and starts again in October.

The focus is on sustainable planting and creating a legacy for future generations.

The Queen’s Green Canopy will also dedicate a network of 70 ancient forests across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate the Jubilee.

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