Aerial shot of location of York Community Woodland near Knapton. Photograph: Alex Bankhead.

York has been awarded “champion city” status by the Queens Green Canopy tree planting initiative.

The initiative was created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee taking place in 2022 and invites people around the UK to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.” Cities awarded the status had to prove their commitment to having trees and woodlands as a central part of their plans for green spaces.

Trees to celebrate the Queen’s Green Canopy will be planted in early 2022 at the York Community Woodland near Knapton.

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