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Time to get green, Cayman!

Celebration 03 Jun, 2022 Follow News

Prep students prep the ground for planting

Cayman Prep students planting a tree for the Jubilee

Cayman Prep’s gardening club students participate in tree planting

Mahogony Swietenia mahagoni

Eugenia axillaris Strawberry TreeEugenia axillaris Strawberry Tree

Cayman Sage Salvia caymanensis

Plant a Tree for the Jubilee

 

To help celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, people in Cayman are being encouraged to plant a tree to support the Queen’s Green Canopy project, which aims to encourage everyone to learn more about the best way to plant trees so that they survive and flourish for years to come.

The project is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and encourages everyone in Britain - from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, school and corporates – to plant trees from October 2021 when the tree planting season began, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

The Cayman Islands government is joining the initiative by inviting the people of the Cayman Islands to plant 70 native, endemic or fruit trees in each constituency, and 70 Mahogany trees across all three islands.

It doesn’t matter if you have green fingers or are a complete novice in the garden, you could be part of a church group or a member of a corporate green team, everyone is invited to help create a living legacy that honours The Queen’s leadership and benefits future generations.

Cayman’s own project is focusing on native and endemic plants with cultural significance, such as Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), Cabbage (Guapira discolor), Strawberry (Eugenia axillaris) and Cayman Sage (Salvia caymanensis). In this way, the Queen’s Jubilee tree planting initiative will support local biodiversity, enhance community wellbeing and combat climate change.

Everyone in Cayman is urged to commemorate the tree planting by taking a photo of your tree and posting it on a digital map record of all the Jubilee tree planting projects across the Cayman Islands, found here: https://www.gov.ky/national-tree-planting/home#pin-your-tree-to-the-map

You can also register your tree planting under the British Overseas Territories section of the Queen’s Green Canopy website. You can visit this here: https://www.royal.uk/queens-green-canopy

One school that is behind the project is Cayman Prep and High School, which has an afterschool gardening club run by teacher Jane Wall.

Ms Wall confirmed: “I saw reference to the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ project a while back and so as a school gardening club we purchased some indigenous trees to plant around the school. We’ve saved one tree for the official planting on June 3rd.”

Get involved!

You can help in three easy ways:

PLANT A TREE

Plant a tree for the Jubilee

Individuals, schools, constituencies and corporations are all encouraged to get involved in planting trees for the Platinum Jubilee. Whether you’re on Grand, Brac or Little, pin your tree to the map today.

NOMINATE A TREE

Recognise a tree

Do you have a favourite tree? Nominate a significant tree and help us increase public awareness about the important contributions of trees to the culture, history or environment of the Cayman Islands.

DONATE A TREE

Donate a Tree

Do you have a tree, saplings or seeds you would like to donate towards the Jubilee? Email treeplanting@gov.ky with details of your donation and they will connect you directly with schools and other community organisations in need of trees.


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