Dame Judi Dench Opens a New Garden For Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Elizabeth's platinum jubilee is fast approaching, and who better to kick of celebrations than Dame Judi Dench? The 70th anniversary of the Queen's ascension to the throne is in 2022 and, for the occasion, she is asking Brits to plant trees in her honor.

The monarch announced the launch of "The Queen's Green Canopy," a tree-planting initiative which asks people across the UK to "plant a tree for the jubilee." Dame Dench is a Queen's Green Canopy Ambassador, and, today, opened the official QGC garden, marking the beginning of the initiative. The garden is located at the Royal Horticultural Society in Chelsea and was created in partnership with the RHS and QGC, "highlighting the value of trees."

Dench grinned as she held a floral garland alongside Chelsea pensioners, opening the garden as part of the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show. She spoke, noting, "The work the Queen has done, is doing, is remarkable, and what better way to celebrate than by having a garden and then for all of us to take that on and plant a tree, which is also doing something for climate change."

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Planting season begins in October, which coincides with the QGC launch. Anyone in the UK can apply for a free tree kit, allowing them to participate in the jubilee celebration.

According to the Queen's Green Canopy website, "The QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honor of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations."

In addition to the planting of new trees, "The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service."

In March 2021, the Queen and Prince Charles planted the first Jubilee tree on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Prince of Wales is also involved in the initiative, acting as Patron.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

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