Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Her Majesty The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. We'll be commemorating this historic occasion in a number of ways at the places we care for across the bank holiday weekend from 2-5 June. We're also celebrating through our tree planting projects through the year as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.
In her letter to the nation, the Queen said that she hoped the Jubilee 'will bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities'. And in that spirit, however you plan to spend the weekend, we'd love for you to join us.
Here you can find Jubilee events near you and other ideas for the weekend of celebration. From crown-making sessions and corgi trails to beacon lighting and stepping into the 1950s through music and exhibitions, there's plenty to get involved in. You can also discover our pick of bank holiday walks, recipes perfect for picnics and street parties, and learn about royal connections to the places in our care.
Make the most of the long weekend with family and friends, whether you’re partying at home or picnicking in the great outdoors. Here are some ideas, from baking to bunting, to help you have a royally good celebration.
Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through tree planting
This year, as part of our tree planting ambitions, and in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), we’ll be planting and dedicating trees to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen as she becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
QGC is a unique tree planting initiative created to commemorate this historic occasion. We’ll be marking this milestone with 70 new tree planting projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The projects will create a legacy, honouring Her Majesty’s leadership over the past 70 years and will benefit wildlife and future generations to come.
The following ancient woodlands have also been dedicated for The Queen's Green Canopy:
Benthall Woodland, Shropshire
Blickling Wood, Norfolk
Fingle Woods, Teign Valley
Horner Wood, Somerset
Dinefwr Park and Dinefwr Castle Woods, Carmarthenshire
Several ancient trees in our care have also been dedicated. These include Tolpuddle Martyrs' Tree (sycamore), Dorset; Newton's Apple Tree, Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire; the Ankerwycke Yew, Wraysbury, Berkshire; and a veteran oak tree at Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey.
This planting has been funded by National Trust supporters and a generous legacy. It will see a range of projects get underway in 2022 - from replacing individual trees to larger-scale planting such as the recreation of historic tree avenues lost to disease, old age or storms.
These projects form part of our ambitious programme to restore avenues, conserve ancient trees and protect our ancient woodlands. It will also contribute to our aim to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030.
From woodland wild flowers to cottage garden blooms, meet just some of the flowers that hold a place in royal affections.
Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Her Majesty The Queen has said that plants, trees and flowers have been a source of pleasure throughout her life. Along with Lily of the Valley, did you know that the primrose is one of her favourite flowers?
Sea holly (Eryngium)
Alongside orchids that featured in the Queen's wedding bouquet, touchingly, sea holly was included in the floral displays at the funeral of Prince Philip. A fitting tribute to his naval career and lifelong affection for the sea.
Did you know that this cottage garden staple is a favourite of Prince Charles? He's previously said that 'the magnificent, gloriously apparelled delphinium...holds pride of place in my botanical affections.'
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
Could these fragrant flowers be named after William the Conqueror as some plant historians believe? From one William to another, it's thought Catherine Middleton's bridal bouquet included them as a tribute to her bridegroom.
Celebrate the Jubilee
There’s plenty going on at the places in our care over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, so come and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with us this summer