City of London Corporation’s open spaces are set to be part of ‘Ancient Canopy’ to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

May 10th 2022

As part of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the City of London Corporation's open spaces are set to form part of an 'Ancient Canopy'.

The following sites;
  • Epping Forest, (More than 2/3 designated SSSI)
  • Burnham Beeches (Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),
  • Ashtead Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Have been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 ancient woodlands, to be dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen in celebration of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee for 70 years of service.

A black mulberry tree in the grounds of the Keats House Museum, Hampstead, has also been dedicated as an ancient tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy. The mulberry tree grows in the garden of the house where Romantic poet John Keats wrote some of his most famous poems including ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, which is said to have been written in the garden.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) website says it 'will dedicate a UK network of 70 Ancient Woodlands to highlight the importance of these woodlands and how to look after them. The Queen’s Green Canopy will also be identifying 70 Ancient Trees to be part of a special project to grow new trees.'

The QGC initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is its Patron.

Caroline Haines, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces Committee

We are thrilled to have a number of our woodlands celebrated and recognised in the Queen’s Green Canopy.

It is a chance to highlight the heritage of these wonderful ancient trees, whilst teaching about the importance of their conservation and how we must continue to work hard preserving them.

These woodlands hold memories and stories for so many, and we want them to be there in years to come for future generations to enjoy.

Read more about The Queen's Green Canopy here: