Local MP Paul Blomfield helped Sheffield Park Academy plant roots for the future, with the gift of trees from the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
The project is a network of forest conservation initiatives marking Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth, with 500 MPs planting trees across the UK, donated thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project.
Sheffield Central MP Mr Blomfield kindly donated his trees - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel – to the Beaumont Road North based academy, where he planted them on Friday 9th November, supported by academy principal Debbie McShane.
Commented Mrs McShane:
“Sheffield Park Academy is delighted to be involved in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project and is very grateful to Mr Blomfield for donating his trees to the academy, which will help add colour to the school grounds, as well as reinforcing our environmental credentials.”
Added Mr Blomfield:
“I am delighted to work with the Woodland Trust to give Sheffield Park Academy the opportunity to be part of an extraordinary international initiative that brings together the fifty-three countries of the Commonwealth in a great environmental project.”
Explaining the importance of the project, Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight said:
“We are delighted so many MPs have decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside and I hope everyone at Sheffield Park Academy will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.”