Over 500 MPs plant a tree to join the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

05 Jul 2018
Over 500 MPs are to receive a tree from the Woodland Trust, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, to link their constituency with the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. This campaign, led by Frank Field MP, includes both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015. This is an idea that came about from Cool Earth which Frank founded with Johan Eliasch 10 years ago. Cool Earth works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative with huge enthusiasm.

The QCC presents a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats – forests. By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects, the QCC marks Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.

The Woodland Trust and ITV, supported by Sainsbury's, are giving away 5,000 trees as part of this initiative. The film The Queen’s Green Planet, which aired on ITV in April, followed the progress of the QCC, and included a unique and informal conversation between Her Majesty and Sir David Attenborough, filmed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, in which they discuss trees and conservation.

By planting a tree, MPs including Speaker John Bercow, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Philip Hammond, John McDonnell, and Diane Abbott are linking their constituency with the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. 

Commenting on the support the QCC has received from all sides of the House of Commons, Frank said, ‘Through this stunning national contribution to the QCC, MPs from across the House are not only helping to slow the tide of climate change but are also showing that the Commonwealth is alive – not a relic of our political history.”