The Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk and the Chairman of Norfolk County Council have planted a tree gifted by the Norse Group to commemorate HRH The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Judas Tree, donated by Norse’s Total Facilities Management (TFM) team, was planted at County Hall by Lady Dannatt and Cllr Penny Carpenter as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Irina Iordache, Operations Manager, Norse Commercial Services, said members of the TFM team also assisted with identifying the perfect location for the tree and with the planting.

“Sometimes small gestures mean more than a thousand words,” she said.

“It was an honour for us to gift this tree and to help the Chairman and Lord-Lieutenant in planting it.

“The Queen’s Green Canopy is not only a celebration marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, but also a great initiative for individuals, local communities, schools, businesses, cities and counties to get involved in.

“By taking part, they can learn about the planting process and the many pleasures of the great outdoors.”

The Queen, who will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, chose the Judas Tree for her Green Canopy to mark her 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage organisations and groups to play their part in enhancing the environment by planting trees during the planting season from October to March, or later in autumn 2022.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, the Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees.

Within Norse’s TFM team is a group of specialist arborists who provide vital services to protect and care for trees and hedgerows across the county.

They undertake work on behalf of Norfolk County Council across a number of locations, including the management and maintenance of trees across the county’s highways network.

“Planting trees is a vital part of our daily job,” said Irina.

“We work closely with Norfolk County Council and support their planting needs and initiatives.

“We are often very happy to donate a tree for a significant event or meaningful purpose – and we were very pleased to be involved in helping to celebrate HRH The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”