Severn Trent joins forces with The Queen’s Green Canopy in pledge to create lasting legacy

Tuesday 21st December

Severn Trent will be working with The Queen’s Green Canopy on the delivery of 2022 acres of Commonwealth Forest as part of Birmingham 2022’s Commonwealth Games legacy. 

The Midlands headquartered water and waste company is delivering a series of initiatives to assist Birmingham 2022 in their pledge to leave a carbon-neutral legacy. This work includes the creation of 2022 acres of forest, as well as 72 tennis-court-sized Tiny Forests, to be built in urban areas across the West Midlands, which will play an important role in supporting environmental education across the region. 

The Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”, will be supporting the project by encouraging volunteers to help plant the trees.

Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent said: "We’re delighted to welcome The Queen’s Green Canopy onboard to work with us in our pledge to leave a carbon-neutral legacy. We all understand just how important access to nature is, and we are so excited to see these green spaces take shape and become areas for communities to enjoy long into the future.”

Dan Rex, CEO of The Queen’s Green Canopy, said: "The Queen's Green Canopy is delighted to support Severn Trent and Birmingham 2022 in their ambitious effort to leave a carbon neutral-legacy, through the planting of 2022 acres of forest across the Midlands. This is a significant milestone which begins in the year that will also celebrate a unique moment in our nation's history, with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We are proud to encourage our extensive network of Jubilee tree planting volunteers to be part of this special sustainable project." 

Ian Reid, CEO, Birmingham 2022 said: “Part of our sustainability pledge was to leave a positive social and environmental legacy of sustainability for generations to come. It is great news that The Queen’s Green Canopy is supporting Severn Trent on the delivery of the legacy forest and 72 Tiny Forests and we look forward to seeing these forests grow and benefit both local communities and nature in the future.” 

Tree planting is set to commence in 2022, with more locations to be confirmed around Birmingham and the Midlands in the weeks and months ahead.