THE Queen has sent a message of thanks to everyone who has planted a tree to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. 

Her Majesty said she was deeply touched by the schools, families and individuals who had contributed to the Green Canopy initiative, which began in May 2021 to mark the monarch's 70th year on the throne. 

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Launched by the Queen and Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, the scheme has seen more than one million trees planted across the country, and the creation of the QGC Junior Forester Award, developed by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in partnership with the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) and with the support of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS)

Issued on the final day of the planting season, the Queen's message read: "As planting season draws to a close, I send my sincere thanks to everyone across the country who has planted a tree to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

"I am deeply touched that so many community groups, schools, families and individuals have made their own unique contributions to the Green Canopy initiative. 

"I hope your Jubilee trees flourish and grow for many years to come, for future generations to enjoy." 

To bring the first planting season to a close, The Countess of Wessex this morning planted an elm tree in the garden at Buckingham Palace, with students from Grange Park Primary in Shropshire.