Evocative of thousands of years of storytelling and pride, a powerful symbol of endurance and beauty - the Sessile Oak is the natural manifestation of Hireath, Hwyl and Cynefin - the heart of First Of March.
It is a haven for a rich diversity of flora and fauna - the inspiration for many of our First Of March community with their deep connection to the landscape and the world around them.
It’s believed that our native English and Sessile Oaks support more wildlife than any other tree - an estimated 2300 species, including invertebrates, birds, mammals and fungi. But their acute decline, as reported by the Woodland Trust, is putting these species at risk.
So as part of our response to this decline we committed, last March, to the planting of a tree for the Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubliee. And through our friends at Penllergare Estate, our vision has come to life - and later this month we’ll be planting the first of several broadleaf trees and in particular a Welsh, sessile Oak.
Penllergare have created a Jubilee wood as part of the unique tree planting campaign across the United Kingdom to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and we’re looking forward to working with them to support the QGC.
Trees are a powerful symbol of hope and continuity and this planting will mark the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the Penllergare Trust. This will see the planting of more broadleaf oaks and species - fulfilling our joint passion to create and restore a beautiful woodland habitat, founded on history, craftsmanship and community while supportive of, and encouraging, a diversity of wildlife.
As the Winter planting season has arrived, this is the perfect time to plant and nurture our first Oak - to celebrate our connection with our National Tree. The planting season extends to March and as part of our ongoing partnership with Wales Week London, we’ll be announcing something very special next year in our constant commitment to minimising and mitigating our impact as a company on the environment and climate.
More information about the QGC can be found at https://queensgreencanopy.org/