Posted: Monday 30 May 2022, 16:20
Eight trees have been planted at fire stations and joint police and fire buildings to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The 6-foot cherry trees now form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, creating a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership to the Nation which will benefit future generations.
Commemorative plaques identify the Jubilee trees which are located at: Belper Fire Station, Buxton Fire Station, Duffield Fire Station, Nottingham Road Fire Station in Chaddesden, Staveley Fire Station, Wirksworth Fire Station and both the joint police and fire headquarters and training centre in Ripley.
To celebrate the planting of the trees across Derbyshire and honour the record breaking 70-year reign of Her Majesty, Firefighters from Staveley Fire Station were joined by fire cadets to create a unique piece of temporary training yard art, using fire hose, salvage sheets, firefighter’s helmets and other rescue equipment to depict a Platinum Jubilee tree.
Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Chair of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority said: “It is an honour to see trees being planted across our estate to recognise and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and record the breaking 70-year reign of our sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“The trees which are marked with commemorative plaques, form part of the Queen’s Canopy and will be a reminder to generations to come of the Queen’s dedication and service to the Nation.
“It is our younger generation that will see the true benefits of the Queen’s Canopy project, so it is fantastic to see fire cadets getting involved and working with the Firefighters at Staveley to create a poignant piece of training yard art depicting a jubilee tree.”
Derbyshire’s Chief Constable Rachel Swann said: “These trees will provide a beautiful, long-lasting, reminder of the years of dedicated service that Her Majesty has given to the country.
“For the vast majority of the population the Queen has been one of the few constants in an ever-changing world – providing a sense of stability and calm during many difficult periods.
“Each year, as the cherry blossom blooms, people will be reminded of the quiet strength Her Majesty has afforded to so many across the UK and, I am sure, will be comforted by that memory.”