A huge sculpture made up of 350 native British trees is to be erected outside Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.
An artist’s impression shows how the 70ft structure, made up of small trees in aluminum pots ‘growing’ from branches of wooden planks, will dominate the palace gates over the four-day bank holiday weekend in June .
It will be a centerpiece of the celebrations at the palace, which will include a live pop concert in front of 10,000 people.
The sculpture was announced on Earth Day on Friday, with the Prince of Wales also marking the occasion with an environmental project for children.
The ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture, created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, reflects the planting of over one million Jubilee trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).
The initiative, which spans two official tree-planting seasons, has already seen thousands of people plant Jubilee saplings across the UK to create a canopy of green in honor of 70 years of service from monarch to nation.
The trees that make up the sculpture will be donated to community groups and organizations at the start of the next planting season in October.
The royal planting of trees has long been a staple of Windsors and is generally used to commemorate official visits.
During her reign, the Queen planted over 1,500 trees around the world.
Mr Heatherwick, whose past designs include London’s Coal Drops Yard and office buildings for Google, said it was an “honour” to work on the project.
He said: “The structure, created from 350 native British trees and recycled steel, comes together from workshops and nurseries across the country in an incredible community campaign that is literally changing the landscape. of our nation.”
The sculpture is partly made from old surplus steel and the materials are sourced from UK suppliers to minimize transport, energy consumption and waste.
The Prince of Wales marked Earth Day by challenging children to draw or write about the health of the planet.
In a video message released by the Prince’s Foundation, Charles said: ‘Take out a blank sheet of paper and draw, paint or write about the future you would like to see, a future that puts nature at the heart of everything we do .
“That way we can share our ideas with as many people as possible.
“And together, we can help make our planet strong and healthy for generations to come.”
The prince’s words are taken from the foreword he wrote for It’s Up To Us, a children’s book explaining the Terra Carta, a roadmap to sustainability.