The Essex Highways Structures Team recently took part in a day of tree planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC). A nationwide initiative that was created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the QGC was due to conclude in December – the end of the Jubilee year. However, following the wishes of its Patron, His Majesty The King, the QGC initiative is extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.

The Structures team, based in Seax House, Chelmsford, was represented by 28 members of staff who set out to Hylands Park on 11 Friday November to spend the day planting approximately 1,500 trees.

The trees planted were from a range of native species consisting of Oak, Pine, Hawthorn, Beech, and Holly to create a new biodiverse treeline within the park.

As members of the construction industry, the team is ever conscious of the global climate crisis we are facing and jumped at the opportunity to step outside the office for a day to do their part for the environment and its future.

The day also provided a much-needed team bonding exercise for everyone following two and a half years of separation and working at home due to the pandemic.

The Structures Team aims to return in subsequent years to provide aftercare for the newly planted trees to ensure they can grow to their full maturity and continue the legacy of the trees and their environmental benefit.