People living in East Lothian are being given a further opportunity to plant trees in their community as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).

The nationwide initiative to mark the Platinum Jubilee had been due to end in December. Following the sad death of Her Majesty The Queen, a decision has now been taken to extend the QGC until the end of March 2023 in line with the wishes of its Patron, His Majesty The King.

Roderick Urquhart, Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, said:

“The decision to extend the Queen’s Green Canopy for a further three months will give people in East Lothian an opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty The Queen.

“As the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, extending the QGC is highly appropriate and will enable others to join the many individuals, groups and schools in East Lothian who have already been involved.”

Provost John McMillan added:

“The extension means local communities can play their part in helping to enhance the local environment whilst paying a lasting tribute to The Queen in recognising her service to the nation. I hope as many people as possible will participate, helping to create a legacy which benefits future generations.”

An interactive map created by The Queen’s Green Canopy to showcase the planting projects across the United Kingdom will also continue to the end of March 2023, giving people an opportunity to be part of this special legacy. 

Alongside the inspiring floral tributes being left outside Royal Palaces, people can also gift a tree in memoriam in honour of Her Majesty, with trees to be planted in schools and deprived urban areas across the United Kingdom.

For more information on how to get involved please visit


Published: Tuesday, 20th September 2022