Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting Plan sponsored by companies with references to deforestation, activists say.
Through the whole country people asked to plant a tree for anniversary” in honour of 70 years of the queen on throne.
Queen’s green canopy scheme will dedicate network of 70 ancient wooded areas across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to “celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th birthday of service”.
move aims to restore forests in the UK. However, concern was expressed campaign group over a little of Platinum sponsors of the scheme listed on in official website. These include McDonald’s, which has been linked to deforestation. in Brazil.
Another platinum sponsor is Coutts, the royal court. bank. As part of NatWest groupCoutts invests in various companies blamed by NGO Wild Card rewild campaigners of income from deforestation.
These include power Drax biomass company for fuel. During 2021 Drax power station in Yorkshire burned 8.3 million tons of pellets made from about 16.6 million tons of freshly cut (“green”) wood, but there are growing concerns about sustainability of this is practice.
natwest also invests in pulp mill UPM, which was accused of causing deforestation in Uruguay, cutting down trees for paper. Energy company Vattenfall, which sells wood pellets and chips to energy companies, also funded group.
Activists accused the royal family of helping large corporations “clean up” their environmental records.
Louise Casson, head of the woods for Greenpeace UK said: “Unfortunately, the number of trees that this scheme can help plant this small share of number assisted by corporate sponsors of the scheme destroy. This is an insult to volunteers taking part in use their attempts to green the reputation of companies that drive deforestation world”.
Joel Scott-Hulks, co-founder of wild card, added: “Royal family help large corporations “green” their own planet.wrecking activities. As representatives of our people, they involve us all in shameful cover-up of these global terrible environmental reputation of companies.
“As the largest land holding family in UK, royal family should to be using their time to restore wildlife and restore forests to their vast estates without giving their name to companies like McDonald’s.”
wild card also criticized the scheme for providing platinum sponsorship to Rentokil when the company advertises its services for in killing of winged insects, numbers of which has declined by 60% compared to 2004
Emma Smart, campaign coordinator for the NGO, said: “A company that profits from exterminating of bees, ants, moths, wasps and flies are essential for survival of tree crowns, vital not just for nature but for people also is not just greenwash, it’s an ecocide.”
Rentokil said: “Type of work we undertake to help customers in the fight against flies in the production or preparation of food, bed bugs in hotels, cockroaches in kitchens. We also work in parts of in world where are the mosquitoes cause malaria and zika [virus], with associated severe impact on human health.”
During her reign, the queen planted more over 1500 trees in total over in the world and her subjects were asked to plant millions in the UK asspecial gift” for anniversary celebrations.
However, her own land is relatively devoid of of trees. Royal family owns over 850,000 acres (350,000 ha) of lands and coasts, but many of there are fewer trees on their estates than in other parts of United Kingdom. For example, duchy of Cornwall, owned by Prince Charles, has only 6% trees. coverage compared with 16% across the UK.
Balmoral, Queen’s Manor in Scotland would naturally be a temperate rainforest, but environment activists indicated out that it contains large stripes of grouse swamps, and only small fragments of woodland remain.
The Royal Estate manages £14.1 billion. property portfolio that includes Windsor Great Park and urban areas such as Regent Street in the center of London, as well as 264,000 acres of agricultural land, forests and uplands. An independent commercial business, he transfers all his profits to the treasury, which passes on 25% of profit – with two-year time lag – to the Queen through the Sovereign’s gift.
Activists have previously asked the royal estate to commit to making space for nature — and possibly forests — even if it affects profits.
A spokesperson said: “Queen’s Green Dome is very grateful to our platinum supporters. who helped to land of over a million trees in UK since October 2021. Every company who provides generous support to QGC, strives for strict and challenging goals on both deforestation and biodiversity.
“As a charity without taxpayer funding, we depend on donors to help us meet our tree planting goals in areas of greatest need throughout the UK.
“Through it support we will continue to plant a significant amount of trees in autumn to the end of platinum anniversary year. Heritage of this is campaign will matter for future generations and encourage tree planting for long time in future”.
representative for McDonald’s told the Guardian: “McDonald’s is committed to eliminating deforestation from its global supply chains by 2030.
“2020 saw us achieve a major milestone by reaching our goal of supporting supply chains without deforestation for several of our main ingredients and materials – beef, chicken (soy in innings), palm oil, coffee and fiber used in customer packaging.
“We acknowledge that we have more work do. That’s why we’re speeding up progress in this is area and as a signatory of UK Soy Manifesto, are committed to sourcing soy used both as an ingredient and in animal feed in our supply chains, from deforested supply chains to the end of 2025”.
Natwest said it has identified biodiversity and nature loss as arising risk for in bank and was a forum member on Target group on Disclosure of financial information related to nature.
“Our private bank Coutts proud support landing of trees in schools and inner city areas through the Queen’s Green Canopy as part of of its wider commitment to inspire tree planting across the UK and support young people develop green skills and find a job.