Tree planting in Roslin to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Wednesday June 1st 2022


From right to left: Ian Gardner, Anne Hyatt and Eric Greenhill.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A programme of commemorative tree planting has been completed in Roslin Glen.

Seventy silver birch trees have been planted in the Glen, in an area owned by Rosslyn Chapel Trust, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project, a unique tree planting initiative created to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The trees were planted by local volunteers Eric Greenhill and Anne Hyatt and Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust. Ian said:

“The Queen’s Green Canopy is a very innovative way to mark the historic occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Trust has been delighted to support it, while enhancing this part of Roslin Glen at the same time. Silver birch trees are very striking and very attractive for wildlife, providing food and habitat for numerous insects, fungi and birds and so I hope that our 70 trees, marking the Queen’s 70-year reign, will add to the beauty of the Glen and be appreciated for years to come.”

Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col Richard Callander, has also written to the Queen, on the historic occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, with congratulations on behalf of Midlothian residents.

He said: “As the celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee start in earnest this week, I am reminded of the last time the Queen visited Midlothian to open the Borders Railway on 9th September 2015, the very day she became the longest reigning monarch in British history.

“On that day, she said “Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones – my own is no exception”.

“This year the Queen has become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service, which is a remarkable milestone. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, trees have been planted and events will be taking place throughout the year, starting with the special bank holiday weekend.

“Within Midlothian, this includes a wonderful event being run by the Ranger Service at Vogrie Country Park, on Sunday 5 June, when they are inviting everyone for a royal afternoon of fun in the park to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee Weekend. As the Queen’s representative in Midlothian, it is my pleasure to write to her with our congratulations and, whatever is planned for the long bank holiday weekend, I would encourage everyone to pause for a moment and say a simple ‘thank you’ for her 70 years of service to our country.”

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