Tree from royal sculpture takes root in Halesowen

Credit: Halesowen BID

A Rowan tree that originally formed part of the 21-metre tall Tree of Trees which stood outside Buckingham Palace for the late-Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been planted in Halesowen.  

Halesowen in Bloom has been awarded one of the 350 trees from the Tree of Trees sculpture which was planted at St Johns Church on High St yesterday in a ceremony attended by Dr Nick Venning, Deputy-Lieutenant of the West Midlands representing His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands.

The Tree of Trees played a starring role outside Buckingham Palace when it was illuminated as the principal Platinum Jubilee beacon on June 2, 2022 and consisted of 80 steel “branches” holding 350 native trees in aluminium pots bearing the Queen's cipher. It was designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

Halesowen in Bloom is one of 11 organisations to receive a tree which are now taking root in the West Midlands with the support of the West Midlands Lieutenancy, local authorities, schools and community groups. Organisations have been selected to receive the special trees in recognition of their support for the environment through the planting of trees.

Others are also being presented with 12 of the aluminium pots embossed with the Queen’s cipher that were used to contain the trees in the Tree of Trees’ sculpture.

The trees from the Tree of Trees being planted in the West Midlands will become part of the living legacy in honour of Her Majesty The Queen. John Crabtree OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands said:

“The West Midlands has been a hugely active supporter of The Queen’s Green Canopy, with many communities, schools and voluntary organisations participating in tree planting sessions – enjoying not only the occasion but also contributing to improving local environments.

“These tree plantings, from an iconic structure which was seen by thousands of people during the Jubilee celebrations, are particularly significant. They join more than a million trees already planted across the UK as part of this continuing legacy.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy - created to mark the Platinum Jubilee - was due to conclude in December, the end of the Jubilee year. However, following the wishes of its Patron, His Majesty The King,

The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative will be extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty.

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