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The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Announced

Revealed today, the RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden, which takes the largest plot at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-26 September), sponsored by M&G, will highlight the vital importance of trees and woodlands to the environment.

A lush, towering green and purple woodland made up of 21 trees including multi-stemmed Swedish Birch, Hornbeam and Beech will stand amid a carpet of grassland and a colourful wildflower meadow, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife.
 
More than 3500 plants will cover the 433m2 garden. This includes splashes of colour from Anemone ‘September Charm’, box ball hedges left untrimmed to reduce the possibility of blight and striking Saxifraga 'Kinki Purple' that will provide ground cover.
 
Created in partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), the garden, designed by David Dodd, promotes the QGC – a unique tree planting initiative celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
 
The QGC encourages people from all across the United Kingdom to plant trees from October when the tree-planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.
 
With a focus on planting sustainably, the QCC will encourage the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations. The initiative seeks to highlight tree planting as nature’s simple but highly effective way to clean the air we breathe, slow the impact of climate change, create important habitat for wildlife and improve our general health and wellbeing.
 
Taking centre stage at the world famous show on the iconic ‘triangle’ position, the RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden will be a living picture of biodiverse regeneration and show how land can be used to its fullest potential.
 
Three hay bale sculptures spotted around the garden invoke thoughts of the countryside, and the partnership that exists between nature and agriculture.
 
Tim Upson, Director of Horticulture Education & Communities said:  “The RHS is delighted to be supporting the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show not only for the benefit of our environment but also to honour our patron, Her Majesty The Queen.  Planting trees is something all gardeners can do to positively tackle climate-change and help wildlife. By planting trees the UK’s 30 million gardeners can together, collectively create a legacy for future generations.” 
Sir Nicholas Bacon, Chair of The Queen’s Green Canopy said: “We hope the garden at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show inspires millions of people across the United Kingdom to get involved and ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

“The Jubilee is an important event – in 2022, The Queen will become the first Monarch in English history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – 70 years of service.
 
“The Queen’s Green Canopy is giving everyone the opportunity to celebrate this remarkable milestone by planting trees with care, at the right time of year, in the right place so they will thrive for generations to come.”
 
Dodd says: “I have built many gardens at RHS Chelsea but this is the first one I have designed and I am so passionate about the message of the garden. I really hope it encourages everyone across the country to get involved in tree planting.

“Whether it be a small single tree in someone’s garden, or getting involved in community projects to plant new woodlands or forests we can all do our part in creating better habitats for wildlife and helping fight climate change.

“And happily – October is the perfect time to plant trees!”
 
All the trees that feature in the garden will be relocated to RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester after the show and will be planted to create three new copses of trees within the Victoria Meadow as part of the QGC initiative.
This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 21-26 September.  Limited tickets to this historic autumnal RHS Chelsea Flower Show are still available and can be purchased online at www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
 

Notes to editors

About The Queens Green Canopy:

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.” 

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees from October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. 

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations. 

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 

For more information on the Queens Green Canopy initiative visit: https://queensgreencanopy.org/

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21 – 26 September 2021)
20 September               Press Day
21 – 22 September       RHS members only, 8am-8pm
23 – 25 September       RHS members and non-members, 8am-8pm
24 September               Chelsea Flower Show Late, RHS members and non-members, 5.30pm-10pm
26 September               RHS members and non-members, 8am-5.30pm
 
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

To book tickets 0344 338 7501 or www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.