Dartford MP plants trees at primary school as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Cherry Orchard primary

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson joined staff and pupils at Cherry Orchard Primary Academy on Friday to plant five trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.


Mr Johnson is taking part in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.


Pupils from nursery to Year 3 helped plant one of the five trees in the forest area of Cherry Orchard Primary Academy at Castle Hill.


Mr Johnson said: “This project is a fantastic way to get communities around the Commonwealth involved in planting trees.


“Cherry Orchard, in Ebbsfleet Garden City, is our newest primary school and it seemed fitting to donate the trees – two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel – to them for their forest area.


These trees will grow as the school grows and I hope the children will follow their progress over the coming years.”


Cherry Orchard Primary Academy Principal Julie Forsythe said: “The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is a wonderful idea and we are very excited to be part of this project. The children really enjoyed getting involved in the tree planting and we are all looking forward to watching these trees grow with the school and its pupils.”


The trees were donated to Mr Johnson 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 which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees.