Platinum planting in Queen Square

[Featured in this picture (L to R) Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Annie Maw, the High Sheriff of Somerset, Mr Thomas Sheppard and the Mayor of Bath, Cllr June Player]

Not the best of weathers for launching the city’s celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee but at least the London Plane sapling they were ceremoniously planting in Queen Square was enjoying a good soaking.

The Mayor of Bath, Cllr June Player was leading the gathering of notables in marking the 70th day in the 70th year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Accession.

Joining the Lady Mayor in sheltering under umbrellas was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Annie Maw and the High Sheriff of Somerset, Mr Thomas Sheppard.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant said “The City of Bath has now planted a London Plane Tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy which will remind future generations of our Queen’s 70 years on the throne.  Where better for this tree to be than in Queen’s Square.  Thank you all for doing me to honour of planting it as Her Majesty’s representative in Somerset.”

The Mayor said:

“There have been many tree plantings taking place in the City, and to have a new tree in Queen Square is most appropriate to mark this occasion for generations to come.  I would like to thank the Parks Department, Bath & North East Somerset Council, for identifying this location for the new Plane tree.”  

The tree is a London Plane and will grow to be as big as its 150-year-old nearest neighbour!

She added, “Trees are vitally important for the continued existence of our planet and everything on it.  They provide oxygen, absorb poisonous carbon dioxide, help bind the soil together and so reduce land erosion and the impact of flooding, provide food and homes for not just humans but all wildlife, as well as help reduce stress and improve our health and well-being.  In other words trees mean, and give, life and happiness.”

Everyone is encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March.  With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

Keith Rowe, Parks and Greenspaces Team Manager, Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The London Plane tree planted today makes a great addition to the prominent Queen Square, complementing the Square’s Georgian heritage while planting to improve the City’s air quality.”

Sally Crudge, Tree and Woodland Delivery Manager, Bath & North East Somerset Council, added: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a wonderful initiative to celebrate Her Majesty’s service to the nation and promote the many benefits trees have for the environment, citizens and landscape character when planting the ‘right tree in the right place’.”

This Jubilee tree will be added to The Queen’s Green Canopy digital map. 

Further details and how to get involved with the QGC can be found at this website – https://queensgreencanopy.org