Tree planted to mark Queen’s legacy at Liverpool hospital sites
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) have received a special tree from The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) “Tree of Trees” initiative, part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
In recognition of the Trusts’ joint work in reducing carbon emissions and promoting a greener environment, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Broadgreen Hospital, which is run by LUHFT, join over 300 organisations from across the UK which were recently announced by the QGC as recipients of these special trees in The Queen’s name, which are gifted in a pot embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher.
Presented by Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, the tree was planted on 25th October 2022 adjacent to the main entrance on the hospital site, shared by both hospitals.
The tree becomes part of the living legacy in honour of Her Majesty, joining over a million trees already planted across the UK as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.
Jane Tomkinson, Chief Executive Officer at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our work at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital to ensure we care for and strive for a greener environment. We see this as crucial to support our population, increase prevention and improve the environment for our staff and the communities we serve. It is an honour to have received this very special gift.”
Sue Musson, Chair of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that our work to promote a greener environment, which is so closely linked to better health, has been recognised in this way. It is an honour to have been chosen to receive one of these special trees, which will stand as a tribute to The Queen’s legacy at our hospital site for years to come.
Deputy Lieutenant His Honour John Roberts, Queen’s Green Canopy Lead for Merseyside, Sue Musson, Chair of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell, and Jonathan Develing, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The QGC initiative has been extended to the end of the planting season in March 2023, to give people an opportunity to plant trees to honour Her Majesty.
Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the QGC “Tree of Trees” sculpture sought to put the importance of trees at the heart of this historic milestone to celebrate Her Majesty, who planted over 1,500 trees all over the world throughout her 70-year reign.
During the summer, the trees were cared for by Barcham’s Nursery ahead of distribution at the start of the planting season in October.
The trees will be gifted evenly across the UK in proportion to the population, with each county receiving at least one tree. The Lord Lieutenants of each county, who are His Majesty The King’s representatives, have been championing the QGC locally and have selected the recipients of the special trees.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a not-for-profit initiative. For more information please visit www.queensgreencanopy.org