As you may be aware, next year marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (2022) and South Somerset District Council are looking to support communities in their celebrations across the District marking this occasion.
Events will be held locally across Somerset, as well as nationally, with a specific focus on the bank holiday weekend of the 2nd – 5th June 2022:
- Thursday 2nd – the Queen’s Official Birthday – Trooping of the Colour in London, followed by the lighting of Beacons across the UK – it is hoped that approximately 70 beacons could be lit across Somerset;
- Friday 3rd – a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, London;
- Saturday 4th – the Queen will attend the Derby, held at Epsom Downs, followed by the Party at the Palace in London on the Saturday night;
- Sunday 5th – The Big Jubilee Lunch will be held across the UK, and this event is encouraging gatherings big or small – including street parties, picnics, tea and cake, and garden barbeques!
Additionally, please also consider celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by joining the Queen’s tree planting initiative: The Queen’s Green Canopy. Details for this are provided below, including how you can apply for your free tree pack for your Parish.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons – 2nd June
The UK’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the UK and organisers are looking for communities to get involved and mark this tradition together. If you are interested in being involved and would be happy to organise lighting a beacon on the evening of the 2nd June 2022, please review the details at: wwwqueensjubileebeacons.com
If you decide to host a beacon, we would recommend using locally grown seasoned wood and aim to plant trees to offset the associated carbon footprint. Also please be considerate in the location of any beacon to avoid any smoke causing a nuisance to nearby residents. For details on how you can get involved with the Queen’s Jubilee tree planting initiative, and to receive your free tree pack, please see below.
The Big Jubilee Lunch / Street Party – 5th June
The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place across the UK and encourages communities to come together in a spirit of fun and friendship to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Events can be big or small – including street parties, picnics, tea and cake, or a garden barbeque. For tips and ideas on hosting an event, see The Big Lunch website here. A licence or road closure application may be required, and we will be sharing more information about this in the coming months, but if you have any questions in the meantime please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen’s Green Canopy – Plant a Tree for the Jubilee
Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by being part of a tree planting initiative: The Queen’s Green Canopy. Everyone across the UK is being invited to plant trees from November 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. Free trees are available from the Woodland Trust to mark the occasion and can be applied for here.
The Queen’s Green Canopy will create a network of individual trees, avenues, copses and whole woodlands in honour of The Queen’s service and the legacy she has built. This will create a green legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the future.
If you have the space (and landowner permission) to participate in the tree planting initiative and would like support scoping an appropriate planting scheme, including funding and sourcing trees then please also email the SSDC Environment team as we would like to compile a list and find out how we can help: SSDCEnvironment@SouthSomerset.Gov.Uk
All projects are asked to register via the Queen’s Green Canopy website so an inventory of plantings can be maintained to mark the occasion: https://queensgreencanopy.org/
Locality Team Manager
South Somerset District Council