About the Perth and Kinross Lieutenancy

Tree of Trees

The Tree of Trees was a spectacular 21-metre sculpture featuring 350 British native trees which was erected outside Buckingham Palace as an exciting centrepiece of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations in June. It was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, to reflect the joyful Jubilee tree planting, at the same time putting the importance of trees and nature at the heart of this historic milestone. The 350 trees which were set in aluminium pots, embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher, are now being gifted to selected community groups and organisations throughout the country to celebrate their contribution to The Queen’s Green Canopy. Two of these trees have been gifted by the Lord-Lieutenant Stephen Leckie to residents in Perth and Kinross.

Stanley Men’s Shed, an organisation which draws its members from Stanley, Bankfoot, Luncarty and Murthly received a Rowan tree from the Tree of Trees from the Lord-Lieutenant Stephen Leckie. Since opening in 2016, the Men’s Shed has gone from strength to strength, providing its members with the opportunity to socialise with each other and share skills, while getting involved in activities such as woodwork and metalwork in their well-equipped  workshop. The members have planted an amazing orchard for the local community surrounded by a hedge. Before planting began, the members secured a 15-year lease for the historic property at Stanley Mills and conducted soil surveys to ensure the ground was suitable. The group were able to continue to meet safely, outdoors, during Lockdown, and support each other with their mental and physical wellbeing while planting the fruit trees and hedgerow, keeping bees and maintaining the grounds. Picnic benches have been set up for visitors who walk along the Tay. Andrew Lear, the “Appletreeman” and one of the members supplied the trees  and many more throughout the UK for Queen’s Green Canopy plantings.

Jen Williams accepted a Rowan tree on behalf of the work of the Greenspace Team at Perth and Kinross Council. Earlier in the year, Perth was recognised for the work and future plans for greenspace being awarded Champion City status. Jen embraced the opportunity for Perth and Kinross Council to participate in the Queen’s Green Canopy and has been instrumental in arranging and coordinating many of the Queen’s Green Canopy projects in the county. Without Jen and her dedicated team, most of these tree plantings simply would not have happened. From arranging tree plantings in Crieff, Alyth and Birnam last year, designing the Jubilee Avenue, planting saplings with nursery school children, writing the success bid for the Ancient Woodland Award, planting borders and decorating Tay Street for the Jubilee weekend, the Greenspace team have all played a major part in the success of the Queen’s Green Canopy in Perth and Kinross. The Lord-Lieutenant thanked the team for all their support and the contributions which they made. Jen continues to lead the team with numerous tree-planting projects for this season.

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