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St Catherine's plant trees for Queen's Canopy


People living and working at St Catherine’s Bungalows were delighted to receive five saplings as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Manager Helen Anson was one of 10,000 lucky applicants who snapped up the trees after being inspired by The Queen's Green Planet, a documentary featuring the Queen and Sir David Attenborough. The documentary introduced the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), which will create a vast network of forests protected forever in the Queen’s name. As part of the QCC, 50,000 trees are being planted across the UK. Residents and staff will become part of this unique project as they help plant the trees and care for them as they grow.

Helen took delivery of St Catherine’s commemorative pack which contains UK-sourced trees – two silver birch, two rowan and a hazel – as well information and photographs of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project, the trees in the pack and how to nurture them. Estates manager Matt Betts will advise where best to plant them in the grounds around the bungalows. Residents will help plant and care for the saplings and see them grow and flourish.

For the men and women living at St Catherine’s Bungalows, it’s an excellent opportunity to create a lasting legacy that will benefit body and mind, as well as creating attractive surroundings now and in years to come.

Planting and caring for the saplings is a good form of exercise and can help people develop motor skills and confidence. It also offers a great way to relax by taking part in a leisure activity in the fresh air of the Warwickshire countryside.  

The gardens and grounds around the bungalows are an important part of life – a place where people can explore nature, tend plants, stimulate their senses or simply relax. Residents enjoy looking after the gardens, which contain accessible features such as raised beds, so they can get involved more easily. The saplings, provided by the Woodland Trust, are a welcome addition as the gardens continually change and grow.

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