Derby Celebrates The Queen’s Jubilee by planting over 12,000 trees

Published: 1 June 2022

trees planted for queens green canopy

Over 12,000 small trees and 162 large trees have been planted

Derby is proud to be part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project, which is a unique national tree planting initiative, to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

Community groups, volunteers, schools and residents have been busy alongside our Parks and Trees teams to plant trees around the city to celebrate the Queens Green Canopy. Trees have been planted in many of our parks, on highway verges and areas of low tree cover in the city.

Earlier this year, Derby was given 'Champion City' status in recognition of the city’s commitment to the Queen’s Green Canopy project.

The Trees team have successfully planted 162 large trees made up of 80 different species. The team are aiming to plant a further 100 large specimen trees between October and December. The Derby Parks team have facilitated the planting of over 12,000 small trees, alongside many different groups from within the community, to create new pockets of woodland throughout the city.

Certain tree species have been chosen because they will provide great impact to the city, once mature. Trees enhance the health and wellbeing of residents and city visitors in a number of ways. Enhancing the natural beauty of the area, removing harmful pollutants from the air, providing habitat for wildlife and building resilience against the effects of climate change.

Teams are currently looking to install Queen’s Green Canopy plaques for each tree or area planted. The plaques will have QR codes, so that residents and visitors can find out more about the trees. The codes will also link to a map showing where all the Jubilee trees have been planted.

To explore the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) tree map, showing tree locations not just in Derby, but all over the country visit the Queen’s Green Canopy Website. Each pin on the map can be opened to discover who supported planting in the community.

Councillor Jerry Pearce, cabinet member for Streetpride, Leisure and Public Spaces said:

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique opportunity to support celebrating 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign, sustaining the environment for future generations and providing greener spaces for Derby residents to enjoy. Derby is proud to be part of this national celebration.

Anna Murphy, Derby City Council Arboricultural Officer said:

We are very proud to be part of the national project and for Derby City to have been recognised as a Champion City. Every tree we plant is an asset for the city in the present and the future.

Trees for Derby said:

We're really pleased to see so many wonderful trees appearing across Derby's parks and green spaces. These new trees will be an asset to the City for generations to come.

The Queen’s Green Canopy will create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, benefiting future generations.

You can also support the Queen’s Green Canopy by planting a tree in your garden, visit the Queen’s Green Canopy website for details on how to log your tree on their interactive map to build a record of all the Jubilee Trees planted across the country.

If you would like to sponsor a tree as part of ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’, this can be arranged through Derby City Councils donation scheme, please email for more information.

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