A SPECIAL TREE planting ceremony took place at the Haystax Farm Experience Centre to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The event is an important part in the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ (QGC) initiative, which invites people and organisations across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.
This prestigious occasion, was held on the 8th November 2021, and saw Mrs Sue Snowdon, H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham planting the first of seventy sponsored trees to mark the 70th year of the Queen’s service to her country. This wonderful ‘green’ tribute will mark the region’s start to the special platinum jubilee celebrations for the Queen and was arranged by directors Craig Pratt and Sarah Warrier of CMYK – a leading Business Technology provider, which also kindly sponsored the trees.

Lorna and Ian Adamson at Haystax Inclusive Farm Experience near Knitsley, Consett, are delighted that their farm is taking part in the Queen’s Green Canopy programme. Haystax will be open to all but has been designed specifically for families who have a family member with special needs to allow them to access facilities such as animal therapy opportunities, sensory and quiet rooms, outdoor classroom sessions, outdoor play activities – to name only a few of the exciting things in store.

Mrs Snowdon was delighted to hear about Lorna and Ian’s plans and arranged a visit to speak to the team and understand the aims of the project. Following this visit Mrs Snowdon, was eager to take part in Haystax’s plans of creating a woodland tribute to honour the Queen’s seventieth year on the throne.

Working alongside Lorna, Ian and the CMYK Group are the inspirational learners from Learning for Life – a specialist educational and social care provider for young individuals with special educational needs in our area. Anne Timothy, a Trustee at Learning for Life, said, “We are delighted and excited to be such a special part of the Platinum Plantation at Haystax. This is a most wonderful and prestigious opportunity for our learners and staff to be involved in such a special and historic event. We are all looking forward to an experience to remember!”

The tree planting ceremony took place at:
Haystax, Woodland Farm, Knitsley, Consett, on the 8th November 2021.

For further information, please contact:
Marie Matthewson on (01207) 509936
or Lorna Adamson on 07790 756178.

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