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The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Government’s Trees Action Plan was launched this week.

The Queens Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and enhance our environment now and for generations to come.

The Woodland Trust is a partner of this campaign and their Free Trees for Schools and Communities Scheme is a great way to get involved with tree planting. Across 2021 and 2022, they have over three million saplings in tree packs, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information on how to apply for the free saplings will be available through from June 2021.

In addition, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published the England Trees Action Plan 2021 to 2024 which sets out the government’s long-term vision for the treescape it wants to see in England by 2050 and beyond. The plan provides a strategic framework for implementing the Nature for Climate Fund and outlines over 80 policy actions the government is taking over this Parliament to help deliver this vision, including ambitious targets for tree planting.

Local councils have long tree planting traditions and are encouraged to get involved with this initiative. NALC's latest publication Tree Charter Case Studies captures the stories of local councils who were Charter Branches (local networks that signed up to the Tree Charter). Their actions from the Tree Charter are a resource of inspiration to other local councils.