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The Queen's Green Canopy Initiative

On Thursday, 2nd March 2023 at 3pm there will be an official unveiling of trees and young saplings planted as part of a unique initiative created to mark Her late Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and an idea proposed by the Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Kevin Boyle.

On approaching the village from the west one will be met by the glorious sight of seven Columnar Oaks. These are an upright variant of the English Oak with a life span of up to 700 years. With year-long leaves that are vibrant in the summer and fade to yellow in the autumn and chocolate brown in the winter they will make a stunning sight for future generations of people entering or leaving the village. Within the village itself three copses have been newly planted with a variety of saplings (whips) naturally found within this part of Kent and will benefit the rural nature of Cooling.

As the county’s official representative of His Majesty King Charles III the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, The Lady Colgrain, will dedicate the trees to Her late Majesty for The Queen’s Green Canopy. Members of Cooling Parish Council and the landowners who granted permission for the planting (Julian Holland DL, David Long, Graham Whitebread and Nicholas Whitebread) have been invited to attend the dedication to mark this historic occasion.