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MK Community Foundation support Platinum Jubilee initiative

Together MK Community Foundation and Heart of Bucks Community Foundation continue to develop their partnership and support of the Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy in highlighting the great work and impact of the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector in local communities.  An excellent example of this is the support of a specific initiative to enable wider engagement of their diverse communities to participate in the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022.

The Queens Green Canopy – Platinum Jubilee is an environment project which fits well with both Community Foundations grant making programme in encouraging sustainable environment initiatives. The Queens Green Canopy will create a permanent, living tree dedication to Her Majesty The Queen. This opportunity also enables the Foundations to highlight their commitment to improving the environment plus promote the funds they have for such projects.

The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Countess Howe is Patron of Heart of Bucks and Vice President of MK Community Foundation said, “We are seeing a surge in attention around urban tree-planting, not just because trees are beautiful, but because we realise that trees are an important part of resilience, health, and happiness. This is something the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated, as we seek solace from the nature around our homes and in our cities.” 

The Foundations have the networks to reach out across the whole area and ensure that as many Voluntary, Community and Cultural Groups throughout the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire (the Unitary Authority Areas of Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire) are able to participate with planting trees and create a local celebration around this activity.

Henry Allmand, CEO of Heart of Bucks Community Foundation stated, “We see this  as a way of helping the county’s diverse communities to bring people together in the spirit of unifying and celebrating, much needed following a challenging year of dealing with COVID 19. The ability to reach out to even the smallest group is what we do, and it will demonstrate to our donors and prospective donors something of our work”.  

Ian Revell, CEO of MK Community Foundation said, “We are thrilled to have a tangible, high profile initiative that demonstrates the importance of partnership working for the common good. Grants will be awarded from specific environmental funds and unrestricted funds held by both Community Foundations. Groups are able to apply for funds through our usual grant making rounds, with details on our respective websites.” 

Many national expert environment organisations have been fully involved in developing The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, so ensuring appropriate plans for tree planting are in place. There is more information on: www.queensgreencanopy.org 

Find out how you can get involved HERE.