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The Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, has helped plant a celebration tree at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA in St Davids as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).
The QGC is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

The QGC is gifting 70 Celebration Trees to selected primary schools in cities across the UK, including Britain’s smallest city, St Davids.

The Lord Lieutenant visited Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA on Thursday, 14th October to gift the Acer Camp tree on behalf of Her Majesty.

Also in attendance was Cllr Alan York, the Mayor of St Davids.
All Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA pupils at the Non Campus took part in the event and the weather was kind as pupils joined in the National Anthems.

The tree was blessed by Canon Leigh Richardson following a welcome and opening address by Acting Headteacher Rachael Thomas.

The Lord Lieutenant was presented with flowers by pupils Tyler Watson-Rose and Alexandra Pearce before the planting.
The Lord Lieutenant said:

“It was a pleasure to visit Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA to take part in the planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy and I thank everyone for the warm welcome.

“What a lovely way to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by planting trees and inspiring young people to be the future custodians of our green spaces, forest and woodlands.

“Throughout Her Majesty’s reign she has planted more than 1,500 trees and it is a wonderful thought that in 100 years children will still be playing under the trees planted as part of the GQC.

“The value of trees to people and nature has never been clearer and I would encourage everyone to get involved to plant sustainably to create a national legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership over 70 years.”

Rachael Thomas the Acting Headteacher of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA, said: “We were delighted to be included in the Queen’s Green Canopy and to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to plant the tree with us.

“Teaching our young people to respect, live alongside and protect nature is very important to us at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA.
“The actions we all take today will impact on our pupils’ lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
“It has been an honour to take part in the QGC by planting here at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi.
“We hope it will further inspire the young people’s interest in nature and what we can all do to protect it.”
The QGC encourages tree planting to take place during October to March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales marked the start of the planting season for the QGC on October 1st by planting a copper beech tree at Balmoral.

For more information, including a map of all jubilee trees planted, see:
Picture: The Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed planted the Queen’s Green Canopy tree at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA. Pictured with pupils are also Rachael Thomas (Acting Headteacher), Cllr Alan York (Mayor of St Davids) and Canon Leigh Richardson.

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