Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be planting 70 trees along a main route through the town as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project, aiming to increase canopy coverage across the country.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Everyone across the UK is being invited to plant trees from October 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.
The 70 trees are set to be planted along Prittlewell Chase, Kenilworth Gardens and Blenheim Chase, a route leading through the heart of the town, from Priory Park up to Belfairs Park. This will create continuous canopy coverage along this route.
In addition to the Queen’s Green Canopy project, the council will also be planting 700 standard trees across the Borough this season as part of our ongoing commitment to the environment.
Alongside the planting of the 70 trees, the council is also encouraging residents, businesses and schools to play their part in increasing canopy coverage across the Borough. Residents can get involved by planting a small tree in their gardens, and schools and businesses are invited to plant a tree of their own on their grounds.
Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture, tourism and planning, said: “The Queens Green Canopy project is a great opportunity for the town to come together and plant more trees. This administration has been committed to planting more trees each year, and has committed in the tree policy to work towards increasing the Borough’s canopy cover to 15%, which is equivalent to 150 football pitches.
“We know there is more to be done, and that is why we need everyone to play their part. Trees play such a vital role in the eco-system, providing oxygen for us, as well as food and habitat for local wildlife, and as we work towards our target of reaching net-zero by 2030, we all need to pull together and plant as many trees as we can. It will go a long way to help improve the environment and also the look and feel of the town.”
Residents, schools and businesses looking to plant a tree can find out more information on our website.