Tree Planted at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Memory of The Queen

An Acer Crimson King has been planted in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital as part of a living legacy to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The planting, by the Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, Alan Simpson, forms part of The Queens Green Canopy project which has seen more than a million trees take root across the UK.  The scheme has now been extended to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memory of The Queen and take advantage of the full tree planting season which begins in October 2022 and concludes in March 2023.

The tree has been placed in a grassed area at the front of the hospital near the entrance to the Renal Unit and the Lord Lieutenant was assisted by NHS Forth Valley’s Chief Executive Cathie Cowan, representatives from the Forth Valley NHS Retirement Fellowship and other members of staff who work at the hospital. The acer was chosen because it provides a riot of colour in three out of four seasons.

NHS Forth Valley’s Chief Executive, Cathie Cowan, said: “The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened Forth Valley Royal Hospital on 6th July 2011 and I know that the staff, patients and members of the public who were present have many happy memories from this wonderful day.

“I’m therefore delighted that NHS Forth Valley is supporting The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative as this tree will further enhance the environment and provide a lasting legacy for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy in the future.”

The Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, Alan Simpson, added: “The Queen’s Green Canopy was set up to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and her 70 years of extraordinary service as sovereign to the country and Head of the Commonwealth.  Her death last month was marked by an outpouring of grief from people all over UK and the world and His Majesty The King requested that the Queen’s Green Canopy be broadened to provide an opportunity for trees to be planted in memory of The Queen and to honour her work.

“I am delighted to be invited to plant an acer here at Forth Valley Royal Hospital which was opened by Her Majesty 11 years ago.  Over these past 11 years the sense of duty and service that has been shown by The Queen throughout her life has been exemplified by the doctors, nurses and support staff in Forth Valley, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This tree should be taken to represent the selfless values of service to others that we celebrated in our late Monarch and witness every day throughout the health service.”

The Green Canopy project began with The Queen herself, alongside King Charles, then Prince of Wales, planting the first tree in March 2021 in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Queen said later she was “deeply touched” by people’s enthusiastic response after more than a million trees were planted in her name.

The project will not just help with emissions reduction, habitat protection and summer cooling, but also create a uniquely beautiful monument to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – a network of new trees spreading across the entire country. The current scheme also involves the dedication of 70 historic trees and 70 woodlands to The Queen, in reflection of her years on the throne.

More information visit The Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative.