Commemorating a connection

15 June 2022 Written by VRC

As part of The Queen’s Green Canopy project and the The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration, a number of trees were planted in Royal Ascot’s pre-parade ring this spring. Each tree represents one of Britain’s country or territory relationships, in a mark of esteem for these connections.

Seventy local schools were welcomed by Ascot Racecourse and the Crown Estate to Windsor Great Park to be involved in a ceremony that saw 70 new oak trees planted as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’ project. The trees were all indigenous to countries around the world to which Britain has a connection with. They were also chosen to be compatible with the soil in which they were planted.

The trees were planted adjacent to the Royal Procession route from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse, along Duke’s Lane, and are intertwined with existing, mature oak trees, some of which date back to 1751.

A permanent plaque was placed among the trees to remind people of the initiative and celebrate the joint venture between Ascot Racecourse and the Crown Estate. They also identify each of the trees and the region that they are native to.

To represent the deeply valued relationship that Royal Ascot and British racing has with Australia, a gum tree – Eucalyptus gunnii – was planted.

This project will not only have a positive long-lasting impact on the Great Park, but will also act as a lasting reminder for generations to come of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.