Report by Matthew Hibberd; photographs by Nicola Harper
PERSONNEL from across HMS Sultan have come together in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy.
The QGC is a unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative, which was created to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by inviting people to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.
Following the passing of Her Majesty, the QGC initiative was extended to the end of March 2023 by its patron, His Majesty The King, “to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty”.
A total of 250 trees including birch, ash, hazel and pine were amongst the varieties planted in new woodlands on site at the home of Royal Navy Marine and Air Engineering training.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth had visited HMS Sultan as the Guest of Honour for Ceremonial Divisions in May 2000, when she also attended a private reception, meeting sailors of all ranks.
Site Manager Ade Peel said: “The planting of 250 new native trees under the Queen’s Green Canopy Scheme has been a great opportunity for HMS Sultan military personnel, MOD civilians and contractors to show their appreciation of Her Late Majesty while enhancing the wildlife habitat and reducing the carbon footprint of the establishment.
“This tree planting is part of a longer-term plan of woodland and hedgerow creation on the base.”
PICTURED: Personnel from across HMS Sultan came together recently in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy, main image. other photographs show Lt Cdr Bart Allen-West, Jade Samuel Darren Wright and Tracey Williams; tree planting at HMS Sultan in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy; Jade Samuel planting a tree at HMS Sultan; Tracey Williams and Bonnie Heard