Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Nepal, Her Excellency Nicola Pollitt, Colonel Paul Smith (Defence Attaché and Commander British Gurkhas Nepal (BGN)) Lieutenant Colonel Simon Townsend (Deputy Commander British Gurkhas Nepal) along with Dr Buddi Sagar Poudel (Director General Department of Plants and Resources, Nepal) and Dr Mark Watson (Head of Major Floras, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) marked The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative in Nepal on the 24th of March 2022.
The dignitaries started the programme at the National Botanical Garden, Nepal by planting the Nepali Holi tree ‘Punwale’ (Aquifoliaceae), the same species of the tree planted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Nepal in 1986. They were joined by other guests after that who helped plant 70 saplings at the site.
The serving members, dependents and civilian staff of British Gurkhas Nepal were among the guests at the programme.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. The event also ties into the historic tree planting that her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conducted in 1986 at the National Botanical Garden.