LISTEN: Lesley Willamson explains what the tree is all about
The Enchanted Forest is celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, by planting a Red Oak Tree.
This is part of the ‘plant a tree for jubilee’ initiative which looks to create a ‘green canopy’ across Britain.
Lesley Williamson, Chair of the Enchanted Forest, explained: “It’s part of the celebration for the Queen’s green canopy. It’s a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesties Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the United Kingdom to plant a tree for the Jubilee.
“It’s a really wonderful thing to do because I think trees are just such a legacy, aren’t they. They’re the lungs of our life and to plant something that’s hopefully going to be here in a hundred years or even longer. It’s just such a unique and incredible thing to do.”
Alex Cairncross, Deputy Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross added: “The Enchanted Forest event is one of Scotland’s favourite Autumn events and we are so pleased that they are leading the way on this magnificent campaign to create a lasting legacy for Her Majesty, The Queen, to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee Year. Faskally Wood is stunning at all times of the year, but especially in Autumn and uniquely at night, thanks to The Enchanted Forest.”
Now the forest is expecting over 30,000 people to attend their first night back at the forest since the pandemic.
Lesley Williamson said: “We’re going to launch our 21st year, which is our 21st birthday, so that’d be a huge, big, celebration. The theme will be launched in May next year, but we’re working on that at the moment, but it’s definitely going to be bigger, better than bolder, and we’re so excited to be back. So, our tickets went on sale, and it sold over 30,000 tickets. So that’s so exciting.
https://soundcloud.com/heartlandfm/lesley-williamson-on-plant-a-tree-for-jubilee?si=182a6cfd983c4aba918a9d81e6b26287“Obviously we will be working very closely with various authorities on how we manage the COVID situation because I think that you’re all aware that we’re going to have to live with COVID going forward. So having at this influx of people into the town over that period is going to be challenging. But I think it’s one that we’re up for.”