We were honoured to plant a lime tree that The Tree Council had gifted our school today. The tree had formed part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) ‘Tree of Trees’ outside Buckingham Palace to our school. Our county, the East Riding of Yorkshire, is one of the least wooded counties in the UK.
We were joined by our Mayor, Councillor Mike Heslop-Mullens; Sara, Clare and Katie from the Tree Council; Burlington Pre-School, Infants and our Nature Team from Burlington Juniors, and also New Pasture Lane, who work closely with us to promote nature within our schools.
This tree is special for many reasons:
Firstly, we planted this tree to remind us of Queen Elizabeth II, whose Platinum Jubilee we celebrated in the summer, and who established the Queen’s Green Canopy – a vision to plant over a million trees as a living memory of Her Majesty. This tree once lived outside Buckingham Palace and formed a symbol of hope, regeneration, and optimism.
Secondly, we planted this tree for now, to bring our community together, as when we work together, we can really make a change to where we live and the world we live in. Planting trees helps the environment, and together we can really make a difference.
Thirdly, we planted this tree for the future. As our pupils grow and learn through their time at Burlington, so this tree will grow. As our pupils go on in their lives to do amazing things, so our tree will continue to grow and do amazing things to help us, our wildlife and our environment.
We know that our pupils were proud to be a part of our planet’s future, and we hope that this will not be the last tree that they help to plant.