Provost Gillian Renwick carried out her first official duty with Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Jill Young MBE earlier this month, when they unveiled the Queen's Green Canopy plaque that will be displayed next to a newly planted tree in Kirkintilloch.
A Tai –Haku* (Great White Cherry) tree was planted in Woodhead Park in the spring as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative which is encouraging people and organisations to ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’.
Provost Renwick said, “It was an honour to unveil the plaque that will be displayed next to the new tree, letting passers-by know of its significance to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. During the course of her 70 year reign, HM The Queen planted more than 1,500 trees across the world and now there is one more in East Dunbartonshire to mark the occasion."
Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Jill Young MBE added, "The Jubilee celebrations have been fabulous and are not over yet. I was delighted to join Provost Renwick to do our bit to contribute to the Queen's Green Canopy initiative which is very special to Her Majesty. The new tree promises to be a lasting reminder of the Jubilee Year."
There will be more opportunities from October until the end of the year for more tree planting across the area. Anyone who would like to take part should visit the QGC website for more details.
*Tai-Haku means ‘Big White’ in Japanese, hence its common name of ‘Great White Cherry’. It can grow to between 5-6metres tall, has a lifespan of around 30 years and produces beautiful white flowers in spring.