St Mary’s was delighted to welcome Sarah Jones, our local Member of Parliament, who came to our school to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project. She has also planted trees at a number of other local Croydon schools as part of this global environmental legacy project, in coordination with the Woodlands Trust.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. This means that that our pupils at St Mary’s, many of whose families are from the Commonwealth, are part of this special global environmental community.
The project, launched in 2015, was established in the name of Her Majesty the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. It is committed to raising awareness of the value of established indigenous forests, and saving them for future generations, as well as planting new forests.
Sarah Jones was accompanied in the planting of a silver birch, a hazel and a rowan tree by Head Girl - Sonia Obiokafor and Head Boy - Errikos Biniakou. It was particularly special to also welcome back to former St Mary’s student Brigitte Graham, who is one of Sarah Jones’ parliamentary aides.