Prince Charles and Queen plant oak tree to launch initiative to mark Platinum Jubilee

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The heir to the Throne joined his mother to plant a Verdun Oak on the grounds of Windsor Castle to mark the launch of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC). The initiative was set up to celebrate the Monarch’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

Her Majesty planted 1,500 new trees across the world during her time as Queen and now she encourages others to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee,” too.

For the special occasion, Buckingham Palace released a new photograph of the two royals.

In the snap, taken on March 23, the royals stand next to the newly planted tree, with Prince Charles holding a shovel.

The Prince of Wales also recorded a video message calling on others to join the initiative to “protect and sustain” the environment.

He said: “It is absolutely vital that more of the right species of trees are planted, in the right places, and that more woodlands, avenues, hedgerows and hedgerow trees and urban planting schemes are established, whilst ensuring that we also protect and sustain what we already have.

“Whether you are an individual hoping to plant a single sapling in your garden, a school or community group planting a tree, a council, charity or business intending to plant a whole avenue of trees or a farmer looking to create new hedgerows, everyone across the country can get involved.”

Prince Charles, who has been campaigning for environmental causes for 50 years, announced earlier this year that he wants companies to invest in harnessing the “irreplaceable power of nature”.

In January, he unveiled a new initiative called ‘Terra Carta’ that aims to raise £7.3billion over the next decade, to be spent on creating a more sustainable future.

The Prince of Wales said at the time: “I can only encourage, in particular, those in industry and finance to provide practical leadership to this common project, as only they are able to mobilise the innovation, scale and resources that are required to transform our global economy.”

Addressing the inspiration behind the name choice, he added: “If we consider the legacy of our generation, more than 800 years ago, Magna Carta inspired a belief in the fundamental rights and liberties of people.

“As we strive to imagine the next 800 years of human progress, the fundamental rights and value of nature must represent a step-change in our ‘future of industry’ and ‘future of economy’ approach.”

Some entities have already thrown their support behind Terra Carta, including former Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc Sir Jony Ive.

Companies supporting the scheme include Bank of America, AstraZeneca, HSBC, Heathrow Airport and BP.

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