Howdens has donated 2,750 saplings as a Platinum Supporter of The Queens’ Green Canopy (QGC), a tree-planting initiative created to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by inviting people from across the UK to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
The tree planting event at The Lozenge in Hull took place on February 22 where Howdens’ employees and members of the public volunteered to participate in the woodland planting. Howdens became a Platinum Supporter of The Queen’s Green Canopy when it launched in 2021. In addition to planting new trees, The QGC is aiming to create a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the UK and to identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
ESG programme lead at Howdens, Rachel Jones, said: “As a business with huge presence in East Yorkshire we wanted to find a spot close to us that needed additional coverage and would provide environmental and social benefits to the local community. The Lozenge had been left as grassland for the last 10 years.”
“Not only are we especially proud of our involvement with The Queen’s Green Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year, but the partnership is also an important piece of our own environmental, social and governance work that we are committed to. We hope the City of Hull enjoys the new woodland at The Lozenge as it develops over the coming years.”
Rory Field, corporate partnerships director at Trees for Cities, said: “It is wonderful to be working with Hull City council on this momentous occasion to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Urban trees make our towns and cities healthier and happier places to live and bring countless benefits to local communities. They also provide a home to thousands of species essential to a healthy environment. Trees for Cities would like to thank Howdens, a Platinum Supporter of the Queens Green Canopy, for their fantastic support and funding of this project.”