Oxford City Council has announced plans to support Oxford celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year with a range of activities.
At the centre of this will be a call for Oxford’s institutions and residents to plant trees for The Queen’s Green Canopy project.
While formal aspects of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations are being coordinated between the council, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and other stakeholders, the council is encouraging community groups and residents to organise their own events to mark the Jubilee.
The council is preparing guides for residents on how to hold events and street parties, get involved with Jubilee-themed exhibitions and events at the Museum of Oxford, tea parties and various other community events.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a nationwide initiative encouraging everyone to plant a tree, hedge or other plantings – focusing on sustainability, to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership.
In Oxfordshire, the project is being coordinated by the Oxfordshire Lieutenancy.
Improving Oxford’s biodiversity is a key part of the council’s work to achieve a Zero Carbon Oxford by 2040.
Oxford has little space for large-scale plantings, such as new woodlands, but there is some space for new tree planting on the city’s streets, on private land and in residential gardens.
Oxford City Council plans to create a ‘Jubilee Avenue’ by planting trees along one of the city’s streets this year. It is seeking local funding support for the initiative to cover the significant costs associated with surveying for utilities under pavements, digging tree pits, planting and maintenance.
Tree planting is a widely recognised way of combatting climate change but planting the right tree in the right place is crucial.
The council adopted its Urban Forest Strategy in September 2021, describing how it aims to “green” the city by better protecting and managing Oxford’s trees and hedgerows.
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “The Platinum Jubilee offers a chance for the people of Oxford to meet up with loved ones and friends they might not have seen since the start of the pandemic.
“Oxford knows how to celebrate, and I hope as many people as possible will come together to plant a tree, arrange street parties and attend our range of family-friendly events to mark this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
“I remember standing aged 7 on Farndon Road waving my flag when the Queen visited Oxford in March 1976. At the time, I wasn’t sure it was her, as she didn’t appear to be wearing her crown.
“The city’s children have missed out on a lot over the past couple of years, and this is a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to make some magical memories.”
Royal Oxford family gallery trail
11 April to 01 July, available during opening hours
£1 per trail
Visit the museum and discover the fascinating links between Oxford and the Monarchy through time to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a self-led family trail of highlights through the gallery.
The museum is asking local residents to share their stories of any royal memories To celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Photos and stories can be uploaded to the online archive at City Stories.
Memory Lane: Royal Memories
21 March, 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Memory Lane is a programme of themed reminiscence sessions for older people. There is a short informal presentation on a topic and plenty of time to share stories, experiences, and memories- and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. This month’s topic is Royal Memories to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.
Kings and Queens: Family Day
Monday 30 May
Find out more about Oxford’s links to Royalty through time in our galleries, and discover African Kings and Queens at a workshop with local author, poet, and founder of the African School Oxford, Natty Mark Samuels.