Do you have a favourite tree or woodland in Buckinghamshire? An ancient oak you always pass on your walks? An area of woodland where you love to sit and enjoy the sunshine? Or somewhere that evokes fond childhood memories?
Buckinghamshire Council is looking for the best-loved trees and woodlands in Buckinghamshire, as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
To mark her Jubilee year in 2022, HM The Queen has launched a unique tree planting initiative called The Queen’s Green Canopy which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
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.
Alongside this, we would like to celebrate more of Buckinghamshire’s trees and woodlands, and are inviting residents to nominate their favourites. We are aiming to compile a list of the 70 most-loved trees and woodlands in Buckinghamshire.
Cllr Jilly Jordan, Deputy Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “We are very lucky in Buckinghamshire to be surrounded by so much natural beauty; our parks, woodlands, and rolling green hills. As a Council we are doing what we can to plant more trees and create a sustainable future for everyone, but it’s also important to appreciate what we already have. There are trees and woodlands in Buckinghamshire which have been here for hundreds of years. Generations of Buckinghamshire residents and visitors will have walked past them, sat in their shade, perhaps even climbed them. So I am very pleased to introduce the 70 Trees for 70 Years campaign which aims to recognise our best-loved trees and woodlands in Buckinghamshire, and celebrate them as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Year.
My personal favourites are an English oak tree and my favourite park is Black Park near Wexham.”
To take part, take a photo of your chosen tree or woodland, tell us where it is and why it is meaningful to you, and send it to us via social media @BucksCouncil or firstname.lastname@example.org
By submitting your photograph, you are consenting to its reproduction across Buckinghamshire Council social media channels and its use by the media. You can use a photograph you have taken at any time of the tree or woodland. The photograph must have been taken by you.
The trees or woodland must not be on private land that is not accessible to members of the public.
You can nominate more than one tree or woodland. If more than 70 trees are nominated, the top 70 with the most nominations will be chosen.
Nominations close at midnight on 1st May 2022.
We are encouraging residents and community groups to support tree planting as part of the Bucks Tree Mission – a shared mission to plant trees for a greener future.
The Bucks Tree Mission is an important part of our Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy. The strategy will reduce our carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 on the way to achieving net-zero no later than 2050.