Shropshire Star

Estate gifted one of 300 special trees as part of the Queen's Green Canopy

Norbury Park Estate on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border has received a special tree from The Queen’s Green Canopy 'Tree of Trees' which stood tall as a message of hope, regeneration and optimism to the nation and the world as part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

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The Estate, near Newport, joins over 300 organisations from across the UK which were recently announced by the QGC as recipients of these special trees in The Queen’s name, which are gifted in a pot embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher.

The silver birch, was planted by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson, at a special ceremony attended by all the estate staff. It was planted in Ranton Diamond Wood, a new 60-acre woodland created on the estate in 2012 to mark the Queen’s 60th Jubilee.

Norbury Park Estate is a carbon storage project, focusing on the contribution trees can make to the problems of climate change. Half a million trees have been planted over the past 12 years on the estate, which is also home to the internationally important BIFoR FACE experiment with Birmingham University.

Many trees have been planted in partnership with local schools and the community. A new wood of 20,000 trees was planted on the edge of Gnosall as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Estate owner Jo Bradwell said: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our work in planting and growing trees in new ways that store as much carbon as possible. This is vital work for the future health of the planet and we are delighted and honoured to provide a home for part of the Tree of Trees”.

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