Seven ornamental trees were planted at Frankford Soldiers Memorial Hall on Sunday to mark each decade of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years of service. Funded by the Australian Government's Planting Trees for the Queen's Jubilee Program, the trees serve to honour the memory of the Queen and her Platinum Jubilee and create a legacy of plantings across Australia. This formal event was attended by invited community representatives and dignitaries, with the first tree planted by Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Governor of Tasmania.
The commemorative plantings marked the beginning of a community-based tree planting program that will see 1,000 new trees build native forest habitats that will contribute to the global Queen's Green Canopy vision.
The new plantings will occur in two locations, one at Frankford and the other at Youngtown in Launceston. In 2023, the community and students will be invited to help plant 500 native forest trees at each site.
The project is a partnership between West Tamar Landcare and Tamar NRM, in collaboration with City of Launceston and West Tamar Council.