Roots of our history

Three Bucks organisations have been gifted historic trees originally used as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

They are:
Camphill Community in Milton Keynes;
National Paralympic Heritage Trust at Stoke Mandeville;
Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe.

Created as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative, the ‘Tree of Trees’ – a huge living sculpture made up of 350 native British species – stood tall as a message of hope, regeneration and optimism to our nation and the world.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the sculpture sought to put the importance of trees at the heart of the historic milestone to celebrate the Queen, who planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world throughout her 70-year reign.

The trees were set in aluminium pots embossed with her cypher, in order that they could be gifted to selected community groups and organisations to celebrate their work and inspire the next generation of tree planters across the nation.

More than 300 organisations were eventually selected 300 organisations from across the UK, including the three in Bucks.

Tim Davies, CEO Camphill Community, said: ‘Camphill has long standing traditions of care for the environment and our connection with the land is something that we all treasure, many of our 70 disabled residents taking part in our gardening and horticulture activity every day.

‘The food and produce that we grow in our gardens is eaten in our houses and served in our vegetarian café.’

Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor at Buckinghamshire New University said: ‘The university has recently committed to the Nature Positive Pledge, and by giving the special QGC tree a home we will further enhance the biodiversity of our High Wycombe campus for our university community and local residents to enjoy.’

The trees will be formally presented by the Lord-Lieutenant later this year.