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23 March 2022

British Racecourses are playing their part by planting over 700 trees in the Queen’s Green Canopy to mark HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

Over 20 British racecourses so far are participating in the Green Canopy project with more to follow. The project is a unique tree planting initiative encouraging people across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.’ The tree planting takes place from October to March and will start again in October through to the end of The Queen’s Jubilee year. 

Yesterday, Ascot jointly planted 70 oak trees with the Crown Estate along Duke’s Lane in Windsor Great Park, with each tree being dedicated to one of 70 local schools on 10th May. Each school will have a pupil representative holding something that identifies their school. 

Her Majesty’s Representative and Chairman at Ascot, Sir Francis Brooke, Bt, said: “It is fantastic that the racing family has come together in such numbers to be part of this very worthwhile initiative. The last of our 70 trees were planted this morning, at a location in Windsor Great Park on the route of the Royal Procession. We are much looking forward to welcoming the schools in May for what will be a very special day.”

The Jockey Club will be planting over 500 trees across their 15 racecourses and training grounds. The organisation has been working with local experts to make sure the trees being planted are local and sustainable with individual climates at racecourses. 

Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive added: “We are thrilled to be playing our part in The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to mark the Platinum Jubilee of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

“We will be planting trees right across our racecourses and training grounds and our teams have been working hard to ensure the projects we are undertaking will enhance their surroundings for years to come.

“In doing so we hope they will reflect the extraordinary and long-lasting contribution The Queen has made to our sport and the country more widely.”

Other racecourses include Ripon who planted seven cherry trees yesterday, Ludlow Newbury and York are among the others. The Queen’s Canopy will encourage the planting of trees, create a legacy of The Queen’s leadership and benefit future generations. 

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