Captain Sir Tom honored with tree planting initiative
Captain Sir Tom Moore has been honored as part of a tree-planting initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Six magnolias have been planted at Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in memory of “Captain Tom”.
It supports the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), a program that will see new trees planted in honor of the monarch’s 70-year reign in 2022.
The trees, which were planted by young soldiers in March, are a tribute to Captain Sir Tom who was the college’s honorary colonel before his death at the age of 100 in January this year.
The British have also been invited to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ from October of this year.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was joined by senior clerics from Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and other religions urging their communities to honor the service of the head of state by planting a tree .
Peter Rabbit was also announced as the children’s ambassador for the project.
An original sketch of the character’s burrow, by creator Beatrix Potter, will be released in support of the launch of QGC.
The tale of Peter Rabbit was first published in 1902, and the character will be 120 years old on the Platinum Jubilee.
In support of this initiative, Dame Judi Dench also recited a poem in her garden, speaking in memory of her deceased family and friends.
The actress said: “As the official Queen’s Green Canopy Ambassador, I am proud to be part of the National Tree Planning Initiative to honor Her Majesty and her life in service to the United Kingdom.
“People of all ages, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, are urged to ‘plant a jubilee tree’ in 2022.
“This country has never celebrated a Platinum Jubilee and next year we will have the opportunity to thank Her Majesty by planting trees to create a lush canopy across the country. The planting season begins in October, so get ready to plant. “