Tree planting: Legacy to the Coronation of King Charles III

Tree planting has been commonly used to mark significant royal occasions.  

To commemorate the coronation of King George VI in 1937 a large programme of tree planting was undertaken across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider British Empire. Other countries also took part. 

Similar tree-planting initiatives were also launched to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. In May 2021, a new scheme in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was launched, with people across Britain and the Commonwealth being encouraged to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

Why not  plant a tree and create your own legacy in 2023 in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty The King or support an organisation involved in tree planting?

The Woodland Trust  on tree planting:

"With your help, we’ve planted more than 55 million trees since we began in 1972 and worked with thousands of landowners, schools and local authorities.

"From single trees in thousands of gardens to hedges and whole woods, the UK is looking greener than it did four decades ago. But we need to plant more.

"You might have just one or two goals in mind when planting trees: to attract garden birds, give fiery autumn colour or create a shady spot.

"Whatever your reason, trees have far-reaching benefits for all of us."

Below you can find resources as to:

  • where to obtain a free tree
  • how to choose a tree
  • where to plant a tree and
  • how to plant a tree.

Or you can donate to a forest or simply volunteer, visit:

UK's Largest Woodland Conservation Charity - Woodland Trust

Claim free trees I Dig Trees - Ready. Steady. Grow. | From TCV

Free Trees for Schools and Communities - Woodland Trust

Plant a Tree - World Land Trust

Request free trees for your community woodland, nature reserve, etc. (

Reforesting Britain | Rewilding Britain

Volunteer with the Surrey Hills Society to plant hedgerows or trees. Surrey Hills Society | Discover and help conserve our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty