Queen Elizabeth II honoured with hundreds of new trees on road that bears her name

Hundreds more trees have been planted along one of Scunthorpe’s major roads, delivering further on the council’s vision to plant 172,000.

The most recent planting – along the Queensway – also pays tribute to the late Queen, who launched the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign last year with the King as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The first of the 230 trees were planted by leader of North Lincolnshire Council Rob Waltham along with Cllrs David Rose (cabinet member for environment) and Margaret Armiger (lead member for environment).

Cllr Waltham said: “These large trees will make an immediate impact on local residents, reducing traffic noise, improving local air quality, encouraging wildlife and providing better views.

“We have been working hard to transform the Queensway, one of the major arterial routes into Scunthorpe, which recently saw new hedging replace old fencing and wildflower planting on banks and verges.”

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said: “This substantial new planting is a major boost to our tree counter and keeps us firmly aligned to the Green Futures strategy, which aims to bring the whole county together to protect the environment and see everyone benefit from our ambitious plans.”

The council has set an initial target of 172,000 trees to planted in North Lincolnshire – one for every member of the population – as part of the Northern Forest project and the far-reaching Green Futures strategy.

A report set to be discussed at the council’s cabinet meeting on Monday, 21 November, details how the milestone of 100,000 trees is set to be reached in the coming week.

The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign was launched by King Charles when he was Prince of Wales. He planted a tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle and urged everyone to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.


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