Platinum Jubilee Oak of Elizabeth II
The “Platinum Jubilee Oak” was planted to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. The event was attended by the Co-owner of the Sarny Castle, the Vice-president of the European Route of Historic Gardens and representatives of local authorities and monuments service.
The coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Her Reign, which lasted over 70 years, is the longest of any British monarch. On this occasion, the Prince of Wales launched the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), a unique tree planting initiative. The leading goal is to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by planting trees whose crowns would symbolically create a vast canopy. The initiative encourages the planting of healthy native tree species that will thrive, enriching the environment and landscape for future generations. The Queen’s Green Canopy was officially launched by Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales at the Balmoral Castle on 1 October 2021.
The “Platinum Jubilee Oak” was planted on Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at 10:00 am in the park of the Sarny Castle by Martin M. Sobczyk, Co-owner of the site, and Łukasz Przybylak, Vice-president of the European Route of Historic Gardens. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Commune and Municipal Office Radków, Commune Office Nowa Ruda, Municipal Office Nowa Ruda, District Office in Kłodzko and Lower Silesian Voivodeship Conservator of Monuments – Delegation in Wałbrzych.
The participation of the Sarny Castle in the Queen’s Green Canopy project was initiated by Łukasz Przybylak, who coordinated contact with the Office of the Prince of Wales and the British Embassy in Warsaw. Summarizing his speech during the planting ceremony, he said: “Let us proceed together to plant the ‘Platinum Jubilee Oak’. The first tree in Poland co-creating the Queen’s Green Canopy, under which we also celebrate European cultural unity and broadly understood historical continuity, here at the Sarny Castle.”
- Eduard Petzold European Centre for Garden Art
- Sarny Castle Trust