Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Plants Final Tree at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Wood at Dechmont

On 31 March 2022, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Lady Haughey CBE, planted the final tree and unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Wood. Guests from across Lanarkshire witnessed the planting, including Deputy Lieutenants of Lanarkshire, members of the Armed Forces, Cadet representatives, and partnering organisations.

In collaboration with the Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA), Lady Haughey is spearheading Lanarkshire’s projects to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Wood at Dechmont Range and Training Area.

2,700 native trees have now been planted over three acres at Dechmont to create the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Wood. The wood will be one of Lanarkshire’s enduring legacies to honour the Queen’s 70-year reign.

As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative, community groups are strongly encouraged to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.’ But where community groups do not have access to suitable local land, then trees will be planted free of charge at Dechmont for them. Any Lanarkshire organisation wishing a tree designated in their name at the Jubilee Wood should email the Lieutenancy Office at lord.lieutenant@northlan.gov.uk .

Dechmont Range and Training Area is a military training ground, managed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, by Lowland RFCA. The site is just south of Cambuslang, and is frequently used by both the military and civilians..

Lady Haughey said: ‘I am thrilled to be planting the final tree of Platinum Jubilee Wood.

‘This has been months in the making and demonstrates how Lanarkshire has come together to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

‘In line with the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, we’ve been careful to plant native and sustainable trees which will leave a lasting environmental legacy for future generations.’

Further Information –

Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association promotes the Armed Forces’ Reserves and Cadet organisations in the Lowlands of Scotland. It maintains the Reserve and Cadet Estate and provides recruitment support to individual units and engages with local communities to increase their understanding of Reserves and Cadets. The Association further  advocates the opportunities and benefits of volunteer service to individuals and employers.

For more information visit:  lowlandrfca.org.uk/

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC encourages the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

Scotwood Macdonald Ltd carried out the planting work. Scotwood Macdonald Ltd specialise in accurate forest mensuration and inventory analysis. Established in 1992, Scotwood Macdonald have 30 years of experience providing reliable and efficient forestry services. Owned and managed by John Macdonald, the company offer a wide range of services ranging from basic management to full tree surveys.

For more information visit: scotwoodmacdonald.co.uk

Posted by Gavin Whitefield