Trees gifted from Harper Adams University have been planted in communities near its Shropshire campus as part of a series of Queen’s Green Canopy events across the county and beyond.
The trees have been planted in Newport, Edgmond and at Chetwynd Deer Park, with members of the community joining together with Harper Adams staff at each planting.
In Newport, a lime tree was planted in the Newport Town Council Cemetery, at a ceremony attended by Newport Town Mayor, Cllr Lyn Fowler; Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Ian Perry; Town Clerk Sheila Atkinson and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Ian Sawers.
From Harper Adams, Professor Sloan was joined by Harper Adams University Students’ Union President Emily Brown and Interim Head of Student Services, Joana da Silva at the ceremony on Audley Avenue.
Newport Town Mayor Cllr Lyn Fowler said: “Newport Town Council were delighted to have been approached by Harper Adams University to receive a tree to commemorate the momentous occasion of Her Royal Highness the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and add to the legacy of the Queens’ Green Canopy.
“Our Cemetery is a unique Oasis for wildlife – a lime tree will be an additional species which can grow to its full potential being a lasting monument to ‘planting a tree for the Jubilee’ and the partnership working between Harper Adams University.”
Each tree will be registered on the dedicated Queen’s Green Canopy website, where they will join those already registered after being planted on the Harper Adams estate at a community event earlier in the month which saw students, staff, local groups and volunteers and more all come together to plant an avenue of fruit and nut trees.
Further events will be held across the communities surrounding Harper Adams both running up to, and throughout, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend in the first week of June this year.
Professor Sloan said: “Harper Adams University is delighted to be partnering with the communities of Edgmond and Newport, as well as colleagues at Chetwynd Deer Park, to contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy and to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
“As I put down my own roots in Edgmond and Shropshire, it is particularly fitting that the University has donated these trees to create an ongoing legacy to mark Her Majesty’s unwavering commitment to planetary sustainability – something at the heart of Harper Adams University’s education and research.”