Mike Wood MP joins local schoolchildren to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Mike Wood has joined schoolchildren at Bromley Pensnett Primary School in his Dudley South constituency to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy - a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. 

The trees - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel –were planted in Bromley-Pensnett Primary School on Thursday in a beautiful moment to recognise Her Majesty's status as beacon of light for people not just in the United Kingdom, but for people all over the world. 

They were donated to Mike Wood thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees.  

At the heart of the film was a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough filmed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace last summer.  In a rare opportunity to see the Queen talking informally to Sir David, the conversation ranged from climate change, to conkers and of course trees, and was watched by 6.4 million viewers, making it ITV’s most watched factual programme of the year. 

Speaking just after the planting ceremony, Mike Wood said, “This is a brilliant initiative and I’m very proud to be planting trees with the children of Bromley-Pensnett school on Thursday.

"It’s important that our local children appreciate the vital role trees play in the natural world and it’s excellent that so many of my parliamentary colleagues are following suit.

"Thank you to the Woodland Trust for organizing this scheme.” 

Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight said: 

“We are delighted so many MPs have decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.  We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity. They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe. I hope the residents of Dudley South will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.” 

“This is a brilliant initiative and I’m very proud to be planting trees with the children of Bromley-Pensnett school on Thursday.

"It’s important that our local children appreciate the vital role trees play in the natural world and it’s excellent that so many of my parliamentary colleagues are following suit.

"Thank you to the Woodland Trust for organizing this scheme.”