Hundreds of trees that were the centerpiece of the platinum anniversary celebrations will be planted across Britain in honor of the late Queen.
The 350 saplings formed the Tree of Trees, a 69-foot sculpture installed outside Buckingham Palace in June to mark the monarch’s seven decades on the throne.
After being looked after by a nursery in Cambridgeshire over the summer, they will be sent across the country to be planted by an ‘inspiring’ community organisation.
As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), an initiative set up for the anniversary, every county in the UK will receive at least one tree.
“We are proud to unveil this nationwide network of organizations chosen to be the custodians of these special trees in the name of Her Majesty,” said QGC Chairman Sir Nicholas Bacon.
“In recognition of the positive impact they have on their communities, the groups chosen represent the very best of Britain.
“The trees will serve as inspiration for tree planting within communities and to encourage care for the trees that already exist as part of our country’s beautiful landscape.”
The plan coincides with the planting season and runs from October to March, with the first tree being presented Monday at the Royal Chelsea Hospital.
Twenty organizations from across the UK, including a Scottish food bank and a Welsh anti-pollution group, will receive a sapling in a pot with the Queen’s figure engraved on it.
The planting would be part of the QGC’s mission to create a “living legacy” for the queen, who planted 1,500 trees around the world before her death in September.