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Supporting the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy


We planted 61 more trees in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) with the help of a special guest on 20 March.

HRH The Duke of Sussex joined the Woodland Trust and a group of enthusiastic London schoolchildren at a tree planting event in West London.

The Duke met the school’s eco ambassadors and then joined year 5 pupils from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Acton to plant their free trees. Growing in the school’s outdoor nature area, pupils can now watch them mature into their own forest school. The Duke then planted his own tree to mark the achievements of the QCC and the Woodland Trust in providing 74,000 trees across the UK.

HRH The Duke of Sussex with chief executive Beccy Speight and London schoolchildren (Photo: Philip Formby/WTML)

What is The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy?

Launched in 2015, the QCC is a network of forest conservation initiatives across all 53 Commonwealth countries. The project marks Her Majesty The Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth while conserving natural habitat for future generations. More than 8.4 million hectares of forest in 43 countries have been dedicated to the QCC to date.

Together we've planted 74,000 trees!

To support the QCC, the Woodland Trust and Sainsbury’s have led two popular projects to help people across the UK plant trees. Together we’ve planted a staggering 74,000 trees!

  • April 2018: 50,000 free trees were signed up for by 10,000 lucky people across the UK. Featured on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and This Morning, the packs were snapped up within minutes.
  • November 2018: we sent out 24,000 Trees for London as part of the capital’s biggest ever tree planting weekend, in conjunction with the Greater London Authority.

Over 500 MPs also got involved by planting packs in their constituencies.

If you missed out on the tree giveaways, don’t worry – you can still plant trees:

Want to plant a tree in your garden?

Whether you're looking for a burst of spring blossom or fiery autumn colour, you can visit our native tree shop and buy trees for gardens of any size. 

Free trees for schools and communities

We want to give everyone in the UK the chance to plant a tree. So we give away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. 

Our free tree packs are generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and Yorkshire Tea. Thanks to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), we’re also providing 100,000 trees a year to state funded primary schools in England over four years.

Apply for your free tree pack now.