The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and encourages every one of us across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ writes garden designer Joy Grey.

Hopefully, you have decided to plant a tree in your garden to mark the occasion – maybe you have already done so. Choosing a tree is a very personal thing with much to consider. However, sound research will reward you with a tree that will flourish and enhance your garden space.

Do you want it to be a focal point, screen an ugly view, give you privacy from the neighbours, be evergreen or deciduous, bear edible fruit or nuts, berries to feed the birds, give you more than one season of interest, be large or small? What size is your garden, where is it, is it windy, exposed to salty coastal air, sunny or shaded?

Lastly, what is your soil like – sandy, or lots of clay, deep or shallow, acidic, neutral or alkaline?

Try to see trees growing in an existing situation, take a walk and look at those growing in nearby gardens. Are possible choices thriving, how big have they grown, do you like the leaf colour, berries, etc. You could also visit an arboretum, such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where you can look at different named specimens.

You can learn more about this wonderful initiative at

Here are some of my favourite trees, which I regularly plant in clients’ gardens:

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