London,
08
November
2022
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11:47
Europe/Amsterdam

City Silver Lime tree planted in memory of Her Late Majesty The Queen

A Silver Lime tree has been planted at Swan Lane in the City of London as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign.

The City of London Corporation planted the tree on the riverside walk site.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Following her passing in September, the initiative has been extended so people can plant trees in her memory.

 The Silver Lime species supports the City Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy as it is resilient to climate change because it is able to deal with hot, dry weather.

 It is a large canopy tree that helps shade pedestrians and cools the area around it, helping mitigate the effects of climate change.

 Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces and City Gardens Committee, Caroline Haines, said:

“Her Late Majesty The Queen was a symbol of unity for the country and she reigned with an unfaltering commitment to public service.

“We are proud to support this campaign which will benefit people right across the country.

“Aside from their natural beauty, trees improve our urban environment by filtering air pollution, providing shade and increasing biodiversity by creating new wildlife habitats.”

In May, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches and Ashtead Common were chosen by The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign as part of a nationwide network of 70 ancient woodlands.

The City Corporation manages over 11,000 acres of open space in London and south-east England, including Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath, and over 200 smaller sites in the Square Mile, investing over £38m a year. 

These sites, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little or no cost to the communities that they serve.  

They include important wildlife habitats, Special Areas of Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and National Nature Reserves.

They remove around 16,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere a year, equivalent to 44% of the City Corporation’s annual carbon footprint.

They are protected from being built on by special legislation.

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Notes to editors

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK www.cityoflondon.gov.uk