From left to right: Mary Da-Silva-Skinner, Trustee of Sight for Surrey, Oliver Bates, Cadet, President of Sight for Surrey, Lord-Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux, Clare Burgess, CEO of Sight for Surrey and Steve Wherry, Trustee of Sight for Surrey.SENSORY SERVICES BY SIGHT FOR SURREY PLANT A TREE AT


Last Friday, 24th February, Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey planted a commemorative apple tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, on the day of the charity’s 101st birthday.

Denbies Wine Estate was chosen for the tree planting as the venue holds a 100-year-old historic connection with the charity. The charity’s first President, Lord Ashcombe, lived there in 1922, and last week Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey attended with their current President, The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. Giving him a helping hand was Clare Burgess, CEO of Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey, Mary Da-Silva-Skinner and Steve Wherry, Trustees from the charity, and Cadet, Oliver Bates, who supports The Lord-Lieutenant at functions and events.

Clare Burgess, CEO of Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey said, “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a wonderful initiative that encourages the planting of healthy native trees. Being outdoors and surrounded by nature is brilliant for your physical and mental health, so we wanted to be part of this commemorative initiative.”

The tree is planted in a corner of the beautiful estate close to the A25 with a special commemorative plaque detailing the date and reasoning behind its planting.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is an initiative that began in May 2021 in the United Kingdom in honour of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022. The campaign encourages the planting of healthy native trees that will thrive, enhancing our environment and the landscape for generations to come. To help the environment and make local areas greener, people are being urged to plant trees across the United Kingdom to create a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership. The QGC was due to conclude in December – the end of the Jubilee year. However, as the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, the initiative will now be extended to include the full tree planting season, beginning in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023.