Local MP joins Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Celebration

Sir David Amess MP joined the Woodland Trust to celebrate the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at a parliamentary reception. The MP joined colleagues on Monday 12th November, to show his support for the worldwide initiative to preserve and enhance forests across the Commonwealth.

The celebrations come as Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have announced their part in the initiative, planting over 200 trees in Southend to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day. The trees will be planted to highlighting the pathways that soldiers fighting in the First World War took, starting at the Shoeburyness war memorial, Southchurch Park East and Eastwood Park.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will see a network of forest conservation projects getting involved across all 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the need to preserve one of the world’s most important natural habitats, forests, and pays tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s dedication to the Commonwealth.

Sir David said: ‘I am delighted to take part in this wonderful initiative, and to raise awareness of the value of our trees and to need preserve them for future generations. Trees planted in Southend will be part of a global conservation network; this special initiative sends a very powerful message about our connections to the Commonwealth, and the local and global efforts to look after our natural world.