‘Tree of Trees’ Lime Tilia Cordata
As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a 69 foot sculpture constructed of 350 British native trees was temporarily displayed outside Buckingham Palace in June to mark the monarch's seven decades on the throne. The sculpture by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, range from species of silver birch to rowan, larch, hornbeam and hazel.
Heatherwick’s structure seeks to put the importance of trees and nature at the heart of this historic milestone to celebrate Her Majesty, who has planted over 1,500 trees all over the world throughout the course of her 70 year reign.
The 350 saplings that made up the Tree of Trees centrepiece are now to be planted across Britain in honour of the late Queen. One such sapling was planted at Billy Neill MBE Country Park on 30th November 2022 by HM Lord-Lieutenant for County Down (Mr Gawn Rowan Hamilton) and the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (Councillor Scott Carson).
The tree species is a Lime Tree, Tilia Cordata.