The Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell has been presented with a tree from Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tree sculpture.
The spectacular 21-metre-high ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, was made up of 350 saplings from British native trees and formed the centrepiece of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations outside Buckingham Palace in June.
The individual trees, set in aluminium pots embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher, have now been gifted to selected community groups and organisations across the UK, including three in Cornwall.
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) was selected alongside Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and Newquay Orchard. On Thursday, Little Harbour’s Head of Fundraising Sarah Stott, visited the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, near Lostwithiel, along with representatives from each organisation, to receive the trees from the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, and Geraint Richards MVO, Head Forester at the Duchy of Cornwall.
Col Bolitho said: “I am delighted to present these trees to three outstanding Cornish organisations selected in recognition of the incredibly important work they do in their local communities.
“All three parties faithfully represent the symbols of hope, regeneration and optimism for which the trees stand for and I hope that they will be enjoyed by everyone who comes across them in their new homes now and into the future.
They will also provide a fitting and long-lasting memorial to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The trees were presented as part of an initiative called ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ which encourages people and communities to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.
CHSW’s tree will be planted in the stunning gardens of the Cornish hospice, where it can be admired by the visiting families and staff.
Eddie Farwell, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of CHSW, said: “We are honoured to have been presented with one of Her Late Majesty’s Jubilee Trees by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall at Duchy Nursery.”
“The tree is a living reminder of The Queen and her remarkable service to this country and her interest in the environment. It will take pride of place at our Little Harbour hospice in St Austell, where we hope it will serve as an inspiration to the children and young people and their families who use our hospices.”