Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham joined pupils at Esh Winning Primary School to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
This project, which is run in partnership by the Woodland Trust and Sainsbury’s, has raised over £7 million for the planting of more than 3 million trees across the UK since 2004. The project is also supported throughout the Commonwealth, with around 35 countries organising dedicated forestry projects or are planting new forests.
This year, MPs from across the UK have been supporting this initiative by planting trees in their local communities, and Roberta joined staff and pupils at Esh Winning Primary School to plant the saplings in the school grounds.
“I was delighted to join staff and children from Esh Winning Primary School to plant these saplings, and I am really pleased to support the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
Trees are not only important for the environment, but they also play an essential part of the landscape here in Durham, and our cultural identity in the region. It was great to see how enthusiastic the children were about having these trees in the school grounds, and how they tied this into the work they are already doing in the school garden.
My thanks go to Esh Winning Primary School for taking part in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project, and I really hope the children and families in Esh Winning will enjoy watching these trees flourish and grow as part of this important initiative.”