St George’s Weybridge plant oak trees for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Pictured above from left to right: Dom, Poppy, Mrs Rachel Owens (Headmistress of St George's College), Councillor Elaine Gill (Mayor of Runnymede).

Two of St George’s Junior School students, Dom and Poppy, helped the Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Elaine Gill, to plant an oak sapling at St George’s College earlier this month. It was the first of many oaks to be planted at the two schools in Weybridge as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative to help celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

Mrs Rachel Owens, Headmistress of the College, Mr Barry Bishop, the schools’ Head of Sustainability, and Nicholas Wood-Dow, Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, joined them.

Pictured above from left to right: Barry Bishop (Head of Health and Safety), Dom, Poppy, Mrs Rachel Owens (Headmistress of St George's College), Nicholas Wood-Dow (Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey), Councillor Elaine Gill (Mayor of Runnymede)

An initial seven saplings, symbolic of the seven decades of The Queen’s reign, were gratefully received and planted during the Mayor’s visit. Further saplings will follow, and the team at St George’s Weybridge plan on nurturing an oak hedge from the new arrivals over the coming years. The trees will grow to foster a wide variety of wildlife throughout the year; from feeding birds in the spring to badgers in the autumn.

Mrs Owens said: “We were delighted the Mayor invited us to take part in The Queen’s Green Canopy for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. It celebrates the achievements of The Queen over 70 years, while offering innumerable wellbeing and climate benefits to future generations.”

Mr Bishop added: “St George’s Weybridge has already committed to a Sustainability strategy that includes promoting biodiversity, and planting trees is one of the ways we plan do this. Oaks can live for over 1,000 years, so it’s wonderful to think the saplings we planted today could sustain a variety of life for centuries.”

Above: Councillor Elaine Gill (Mayor of Runnymede)

Councillor Gill continued: “I’m committed to leaving a Mayoral Legacy of more trees in Runnymede, so I’ve been able to marry The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative with my own. I’m so grateful St George’s Weybridge have embraced it so positively, and are able to take many more than the initial seven trees planted today. Planting more trees is an essential way of tackling climate change.”

The staff at St George’s Weybridge will nurture and protect the oak saplings this winter as they settle and spread roots at their new home.

Pictured above: A selection of students from St George's College, Councillor Elaine Gill (Mayor of Runnymede), Nicholas Wood-Dow (Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey)

About The Queen’s Green Canopy:

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees from October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

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.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

For more information on the Queens Green Canopy initiative visit: https://queensgreencanopy.org/

Above image from left to right: Dom, Poppy and Marie Hillier (Head Gardener)

About St George’s Weybridge:

St George’s Weybridge are leading independent co-educational Roman Catholic day schools in Surrey. Founded in 1869, they offer a values-led education for all aged 3-18. St George’s Weybridge’s mission is to inspire students in their Josephite, Georgian Family to be the very best version of themselves.

St George’s Weybridge are highly active partners in the community, offering support in many forms to local schools through the Schools Together initiative run by the Independent Schools Council (ISC). You can find more information on their recent partnerships by visiting: Case studies - Schools Together

3 December 2021

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