Source: John Lewis

JLP is set to plant 70 trees on Leckford Estate to celebrate every year of the Queen’s reign

The John Lewis Partnership is planting 70 trees at its Waitrose farm on the Leckford Estate to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The company is supporting the launch of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), a UK-wide tree-planting initiative that aims to tackle climate change.

As part of the QGC, John Lewis and Waitrose are set to plant a row of 70 trees on Leckford Estate to celebrate every year of the Queen’s reign.

In addition, the partnership is helping to plant a hectare of managed woodland on 20 of its supplier farms.

“There are so many benefits to the QGC from a farming point of view,” said JLP’s director of ethics and sustainability Marija Rompani.

“As well as capturing carbon and enhancing biodiversity, agroforestry does simple things like improving tree cover for livestock. Free-range hens and cattle will appreciate that extra cover.”

The QGC initiative was launched by the Prince of Wales earlier this year. It is now encouraging individuals, cities, companies, community groups and schools to kickstart their own tree-planting projects.

“In 2022, the Queen will become the first monarch in English history to celebrate 70 years of service, and the Queen’s Green Canopy is giving everyone the opportunity to celebrate this remarkable milestone by planting trees with care, so they will thrive for generations to come,” said chair of the QGC Sir Nicholas Bacon.