The Queen’s Green Canopy – Lanarkshire’s Platinum Jubilee Wood

Planning is well under way to plant a wood of some 2,000 native trees at Dechmont by Cambuslang – just one of Lanarkshire’s initiatives to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s milestone Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Working with Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, who manage the training ground at Dechmont on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Lady Haughey CBE, is leading Lanarkshire’s plans to mark The Queen’s 70 years of leadership and service to the Nation by planting this wood in the spring of this year.

The Platinum Jubilee Wood will be Lanarkshire’s enduring legacy in honour of The Queen’s 70 year reign. Community groups, young and old, and from all walks of life across Lanarkshire, are all  encouraged to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC)  But where community groups do not have access to suitable local land, then trees will be planted at Dechmont for them – and a few by them if they are willing and able – as part of Lanarkshire’s tribute to The Queen’s 70 years of dedicated service to the Nation. The 2,000 trees will be planted to create the appearance of a natural wood of 1.2 hectares (3 acres), roughly 100 metres by 120 metres. Preparatory work at Dechmont is planned for this month while the trees will be planted in March. The 2,000th tree will be planted by Lady Haughey and at which time she will unveil a commemorative plaque.

Community groups from across Lanarkshire are invited to participate in this exciting initiative, one which honours The Queen’s unequalled public service and one which will benefit generations for many years to come. Further information on how you can participate in  the Queen’s Green Canopy is available from the website at and if any organisation in the area  wishes a tree planted at the Platinum Jubilee Wood at Dechmont  please email the Lieutenancy Office at :

Posted by Gavin Whitefield