Employees at Johnnie Walker Princes Street in Edinburgh are playing their part in marking Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by donating trees for The Queen’s Green Canopy event in the city tomorrow.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a nationwide tree planting initiative created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign and Edinburgh is its latest “Champion City”. In partnership with Trees for Cities, City of Edinburgh Council, and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, the community planting event will see over one thousand trees planted at Stenhouse Greenspace.
In preparation for the event, the Johnnie Walker Princes Street team welcomed Colonel Dan Rex of the QGC and Roddy Shaw of Trees for Cities to hand over 150 oak, hazel, silver birch and alder saplings – one on behalf of each member of staff at Johnnie Walker.
Rob Maxwell, head of Johnnie Walker Princes Street, said: “Everyone here at Johnnie Walker [...] is excited to be part of this initiative". Rob shared his hopes that the urban planting project would "benefit the local community and wildlife”.
Johnnie Walker master blender Emma Walker, who will be among the volunteers gathering at Stenhouse Greenspace on Saturday to take part in the planting, said: “We’re looking forward to a day of tree planting and welcoming the team back to Johnnie Walker Princes Street in the evening, where we’ll have our Green Label Scotch whisky ready to celebrate and toast Edinburgh as a new QGC Champion City.”
Ewan Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer of Johnnie Walker’s parent company Diageo, said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is such a wonderful and important Platinum Jubilee initiative; from ancient woodlands to urban planting, the campaign will create havens for wildlife and natural monuments for people to enjoy and remember Her Majesty’s extraordinary reign for generations. We look forward to getting into the spirit of ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’, adding to the growing QGC map, and encouraging others to do the same.”