TREES could be planted across East Lothian to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Next year will mark 70 years since the Queen ascended to the throne, with a national initiative already drawn up to mark the occasion.
Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is calling on people across the country to “plant a tree for the jubilee”.
The Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, Roderick Urquhart, planted the county’s first contribution tree to the cause at Leuchie House, near North Berwick.
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County Marshal John McMillan joined Mr. Urquhart at the plantation; Sir Hew Dalrymple, Deputy Lord Lieutenant; and Mark Bevan, Managing Director of Leuchie House.
The Lord Lieutenant said: “HQ offers opportunities for a lasting memorial to Her Majesty’s reign in an accessible and truly environmental way.
“Trees will be planted at a variety of sites across the county and will provide a lasting and living memorial that rightly reflects the longevity of the Queen’s reign.
“I was delighted to help start this project by planting a tree in the grounds of Leuchie House.
The program is open to anyone, from individuals to groups and schools, to participate.
Trees should be planted between October and March, with the tree planting season resuming in October of next year until the end of the jubilee year.
Sir Hew Dalrymple, who coordinates East Lothian participation with the support of the East Lothian Council, urged people to get involved.
He said: “The idea of QGC is to give everyone – from individuals to community groups, from schools to businesses – a way to contribute to a national initiative locally.
“Anyone can participate in the next 18 months: plant a tree, take a photo and save it to the Queen’s Green Canopy website. ”
More information about the program can be found at queens greencanopy.org