Tree Planting for The Queen’s Green Canopy

Watched by the Vice Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie, Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross planted an oak tree at Crieff Hydro, the first of a new 70 tree wood, to mark the launch of The Queen’s Green Canopy.


To mark the first day of tree planting for The Queen’s Green Canopy, the Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie, and the Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet, Cadet Sgt Lachlann Forsyth, from Morrison’s Academy, planted a prunus, in Braidhaugh Park, Crieff.


In Alyth, Provost Dennis Melloy, on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council, was joined by Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross and local Councillors to plant a silver birch in the Jubilee Park.


Lesley Williamson from The Enchanted Forest was joined by Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross at Faskally Wood to plant a red oak, with kind permission from Forestry and Land Scotland.


The Lieutenancy of Perth and Kinross were grateful to Perth and Kinross Council for their support by lighting the Perth Bridge and St Paul’s church green on 1 October to mark the start of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative

 


Our Lady’s RC Primary School was given a special celebration tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy. The children planted a silver birch in the grounds of the school in Letham, Perth watched by Stephen Leckie, Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, and Dennis Melloy, Provost of Perth and Kinross. The children had written a song for The Queen’s Green Canopy, which they performed.


Peter Rabbit is the Children’s Ambassador for The Queen’s Green Canopy. What a privilege for the children of Puddleduck Nursery to have the unique opportunity to plant a tree in Peter’s honour in the Beatrix Potter Garden, Birnam.


Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross had a lovely afternoon at South Ardbennie, Madderty, to celebrate the opening of the Pumpkin Patch and planting a tree for the jubilee – The Queen’s Green Canopy. Henry planted a Cedar of Lebanon then showed Alex around the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch.


Deputy Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Alex Cairncross, was invited to join David Cuthbert of Feus Holiday, in Auchterarder, to oversee the planting of 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees to mark The Queen’s Green Canopy. David hopes his guests will enjoy fruit from the trees in years to come.


Crieff Choral Group planted a Gean tree in Macrosty Park as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The group sang a song The Gean Trees, researched by Nicola Small and set to music by Syd House, both from Plaidsong, watched by Deputy Lieutenant Chris McIntosh and pupils from Ardvreck School who donated a commemorative plaque. The tree was sponsored by RTS Forestry.


The snow didn’t deter the 1st Kinross Scouts from planting 55 trees in conjunction with Persimmon Homes to create a beautiful path for residents to enjoy in years to come. Alex Cairncross presented a plaque to James MacKay to mark the occasion as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.


Deputy Lieutenants Andy Middlemiss and Alex Cairncross helped to plant an apple tree in the garden of Rachel House, Kinross. The tree was gifted to CHAS by St John Scotland as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

CEO Rami said: “We are delighted to have received this gift from our friends at St John Scotland and so pleased to have been nominated as a recipient for the Queen’s Green Canopy. Our gardens are often enjoyed as places of comfort by families who visit and this apple tree will have pride of place.”


Two apples trees were planted at Perth College UHI to launch a new Wellness Garden. The creation of the garden will enhance the existing sports facilities and provide a space to reflect and rejuvenate, subsequently improving health and care practices. We see the garden playing a pivotal role in the wellbeing of both the College and the wider community – breaks from studies, meetings, lunch hours and evening relaxation could be spent enjoying the benefits of the garden – gathering thoughts and renewing energy. The trees will also provide a legacy for hospitality students, with the apples available for years to come.


An oak tree has been planted creating a lasting legacy on the banks of the North Inch overlooking the river Tay, in memory of Perth businessman Alastair Cairncross. The tree was planted on what would have been Alastair’s 100th birthday by his daughter, Alex Cairncross who is Deputy Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross.


Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust

The Trustees of The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust planted an oak tree in memory of Jimmie, who set up his trust 30 years ago to benefit of the people of Perth. Numerous charities, community groups and organisations have benefited over the years with donations now in excess of £1m. The tree to mark these milestones of Jimmie’s generosity, has been planted by kind permission of Perth and Kinross Council. Alex Cairncross, Deputy Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross is Jimmie’s niece.


St Leonard’s in the Fields and St John’s Kirk

A very warm welcome was extended to DL Alex Cairncross by members of the congregations of St Leonard’s in the Fields Church and St John’s Kirk to plant 3 outside St Leonards in the Fields Church. A Rowan, a Hawthorn and a Crab Apple were planted as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.


Cameron McNeish and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust

Trustees and staff of Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust watch Patron, Cameron McNeish, plant a Silver Birch to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. PKCT is an independent charity that negotiates access to land, builds paths, helps care for Scotland’s most spectacular woodlands and trees, and works on conservation projects all to improve and promote access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.


Beautiful Perth

The volunteers at Beautiful Perth do a wonderful job of making Perth look BEAUTIFUL! They have planted a Cornus Controversa Variegata tree at Riverside to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and have registered it as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy. Thank you! Keep up the great work.


ABC Nursery

What a lovely morning Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross had with the children from ABC Nursery. They planted a total of 26 trees on the North Inch with Rangers Alastair and Chris. These Alder, Oak, Rowan and Silver Birch will leave a lasting legacy to The Queen. The children recorded a video to wish Her Majesty a happy jubilee. How adorable! We have passed this on and are sure The Queen will enjoy receiving this message.


Inner Wheel

The ladies from Inner Wheel planted Red Canadian Maple at Kincarrathie House for the Queen’s Green Canopy. It was specially selected to partner the tree planted in the garden in memory of Russell Leather, former Chairman of The Gannochy Trust.


Perth Festival of the Arts

Congratulations to Perth Festival of the Arts which celebrates its 50th Festival in May. Chairman David, Vice-Chair Craig and Administrator Helen planted a Tilia Tomentosa Brabant tree on the North Inch to mark the occasion. Alastair Cairncross, the late father of Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross was a founder member of PFA so Alex was particularly honoured to join them.


House of Bruar

Representatives from each department at House of Bruar helped to plant a cherry tree in the grounds. It was a beautiful afternoon when Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross visited them to join the celebration.


Perth Amateur Operatic Society

Perth Amateur Operatic Society celebrate their 75th anniversary this year. This year their chosen show is The Wedding Singer and so it was most appropriate for them to plant their jubilee tree at an award-winning wedding venue – The Byre at Inchyra. Some of the cast were joined by Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross and Lord and Lady Inchyra to plant a Sorbus tree.


Royal Perth Golfing Society

The Royal Perth Golfing Society have planted a Douglas Fir on the North Inch as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy. The club captain addressed Deputy Lieutenants Alex Cairncross and Charlie Gallagher, Provost Dennis Melloy, Captain of the Royal and Ancient and club members before his wife planted the tree. A special commemorative post has been installed to mark the occasion. Photo courtesy of Angus Findlay Photography.


NHS Tayside, Perth Royal Infirmary

NHS Tayside are planting a tree for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at each hospital and care centre across Perth & Kinross, Dundee and Angus. The first, a Silver Birch was planted at Perth Royal Infirmary by Lorna Birse-Stewart, Chair of NHS Tayside watched by Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross and Eddie McHugh, Assistant Estates Manager.


Stanley Men’s Shed

Stanley Men’s Shed had a visit from Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross to see the orchard planted at Stanley Mills. There is an assortment of 139 fruit trees surrounded by 840 hedgerow saplings. The orchard is the largest planting in Perth and Kinross to date and has been registered for the Queen’s Green Canopy.


Some trees have been planted in memory of loved ones no longer with us. Alex Cairncross DL arranged for this lime tree to be planted on the North Inch with help from our colleagues at Perth and Kinross Council for a family who lost a very special lady during lockdown. They look forward to watching the tree flourish and reminiscing beneath the branches.


Kinross and District Rotary Club and Kinross Primary School

Kinross and District Rotary Club and green-fingered children from Kinross Primary School Eco Committee planted a dozen new trees at Rachel House, watched by Deputy Lieutenat Andy Middlemiss. The gardens are often enjoyed as places of comfort by families who visit and these trees will help continue that purpose.


Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro has created a new 70-tree jubilee woodland on the estate to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Lord-Lieutenant Stephen Leckie launched the Queen’s Green Canopy, which opened on 1 October 2021, by planting the first oak tree, watched by members of the Lieutenancy. Since then, Russell Crighton, Estates Manager has overseen the planting of the further 69 trees.

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