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Philip Dunne MP plants trees at Ley Gardens

Posted on: Tue 22nd January, 2019

5 trees have been planted at the Ley Gardens/Lawley Close sheltered housing development, Church Stretton, as part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Philip Dunne MP (Ludlow) and Duncan Forbes, Connexus Interim CEO, attended the ceremony.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project was launched in 2015 with the aim of creating a network of forest conservation initiatives across the Commonwealth, raising awareness of the value of indigenous tree populations. This landmark project was discussed in a conversation between Her Majesty the Queen and Sir David Attenborough featured in last year’s ITV documentary The Queen’s Green Planet.

Mr Dunne and Mr Forbes were joined by Independent Living Co-Ordinator Michelle Hodnett and local residents Anne and Tim Toft (pictured). Tree varieties native to Britain were selected by The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, with the rowan, silver birch and hazel trees sure to add beauty and spectacle to the shared outdoor spaces enjoyed by residents.

Mr Dunne said:

“The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is an excellent way to mark her Majesty’s remarkable reign, combining her well-known commitment to the Commonwealth with her passion for the natural environment.”

Duncan Forbes said: 

“The new trees at Ley Gardens are in the ideal spot to be enjoyed by residents for many years to come.”