Posted By QEII National Trust | October 26, 2018

QEII National Trust was delighted to have Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dedicate The Carol Whaley Native Bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

QEII National Trust Chair, James Guild, says “today we are dedicating the Carol Whaley Native Bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy – our latest contribution to the Commonwealth wide QCC initiative. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Their Royal Highnesses first trip to NZ together.”

James Guild says “having Their Royal Highnesses dedicate this protected native bush to the Queens Commonwealth Canopy highlights the importance of the work QEII does to protect New Zealand’s precious biodiversity. We are honoured to have The Duke and Duchess here to help celebrate this covenant, New Zealand’s contribution to the QCC, and our covenantors around the country who have set aside parts of their land to be protected for future generations to enjoy.”

“This is great recognition for the 4,400 other QEII protected covenants around NZ and highlights the importance of private land conservation,” says Guild.

“We are proud to be NZ’s connection to the QCC and the important work land owners are doing around the country, and commonwealth, to protect precious native forest”

Guild says “we invited a selection of our members from around the country to be at the event today, many of whom also have QCC covenants and are also passionate about the importance of protecting beautiful forests like this one for future generations to enjoy. I know everyone is excited to attend an event with the Royal couple.”

QEII National Trust has invited Trees for Survival to plant native trees with the Royal couple after the dedication.

“We are very pleased to be working with Trees for Survival and Pinehill School on this event, it’s great to have the next generation so engaged in conservation, planting and protecting native bush for future generations,” says James Guild.


Images of the native forest available here