Howdens branching out for Queen’s green scheme

September 23, 2021

Kitchen supplier, Howdens, has become a platinum supporter of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), the tree planting initiative created to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

The initiative is inviting people from across the country to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’, with planting set to begin in October and continue until the end of the Jubilee year. Andrew Livingston, CEO of Howdens said: “A founding principle of Howdens is that the business must be worthwhile for all, including for our customers, homeowners, staff, and the communities that we work in, which is why we are incredibly proud to be partnering with The Queen’s Green Canopy and are looking forward to working on initiatives across the UK throughout Her Majesty’s historic Jubilee year.”

As part of the scheme to get people planting trees, the QGC unveiled The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden on Monday, September 20 at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden aimed to highlight the importance of tree planting for the environment and marks a countdown to the start of the tree planting season on October 1. As well as inviting the planting of new trees, the QGC will also create a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the UK and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. The QGC has gathered a team of forestry experts from across the UK to select which woodlands and trees will become part of the QGC. Rob Black, Director of ESG at Howdens, says: “Partnering with the QGC is an important step in contributing to our environmental, social, and governance work. The QGC’s ambitions of planting trees to create a better environment align with Howdens’ future commitment to becoming a carbon-neutral manufacturer and developing solutions to other problems such as plastic waste and polystyrene usage.” In June this year, Howdens also became a member of the The Ellen MacArthur Foundation whose founding principles are to develop and promote a circular economy, and in turn deliver better outcomes for people and the environment.

Howdens has become a platinum supporter of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, pictured is the RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show. (23-09-101 SU)

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