Rugby MP Mark Pawsey plants new trees as part of conservation project to honour the Queen

Rugby’s contribution to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is growing thanks to local MP Mark Pawsey, who this weekend planted a number of saplings at the Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Mark received a donation from the Woodland Trust as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Mark planted two silver birches, two rowan trees and a hazel tree which will be part of the Diamond Jubilee Wood in the Rainsbrook Valley. Mark was joined by local County Councillor Yousef Dahmash to plant the trees.

The planting was made possible thanks to the national partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. In April ITV screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees.

After planting the trees, Mark commented:

“One of Rugby’s best features is the green spaces we have throughout the constituency and I was delighted to help add to our natural environment by planting these trees in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Trees play a vital role in the ecosystem, but also create a welcoming environment.”

Mark continued:

“Rugby’s Diamond Jubilee Wood is quickly becoming a popular areas to walk and enjoy the beautiful terrain on the edge of the Rainsbrook Valley and I was very pleased to be able to contribute these new trees to our growing woodland environment.”

Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight added:

“We are delighted that Mark has joined us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.  We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity. They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe. I hope the residents of Rugby will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.”