Weston College has joined the national campaign to support the The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) – a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
College Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Paul Phillips CBE, was joined by staff and students to plant their first tree at the college’s South West Skills Campus on Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare.
It is just one of many of the college’s green initiatives that ties in with its wider sustainability and social action framework. Also in attendance were Emily Burnell, Woods Project Coordinator at the Woodland Trust, Pete Lane, horticulture lecturer and ex-students now working within Butcombe Farm’s philanthropic venture, Uncle Paul’s Chilli Charity, in partnership with the college.
Dr Phillips said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a really interesting project and it’s one that everyone can get involved in. I would encourage all schools, businesses, community groups and members of the public out there now to really get behind this as we move towards the jubilee – it’s also a great chance to connect with each other and inspire young people as the future custodians of the UK’s green spaces, forests and woodlands.
“As a college, our wider sustainability work is leading the region whether this is working with businesses to create green apprenticeships, or supporting people to retain for green careers, we are supporting many organisations achieve the change required to collectively work towards ‘Net Zero’ – and this very much includes innovative social action projects such as this one to build stronger, greener communities.”