The Queen's Green Canopy
Ancient Woodlands and Trees
Exhibition: 10–20 December 2022 • London


W elcome to an exhibition of exquisite artworks of the Ancient Canopy dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

The artworks showcase a series of images of the nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees captured by nature photographers Adrian Houston and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice, alongside drawings created by artist Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a nationwide tree planting initiative originally created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. As recently announced, the QGC has been extended to give people an opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty.

Launched in May by His Majesty The King, an Ancient Canopy consisting of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees was dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen as part of the QGC initiative.

The exhibition will showcase a series of stunning images of the Ancient Canopy captured by nature photographers Adrian Houston and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice, alongside magnificent drawings created by artist Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis.

The historic Ancient Woodlands and Trees portrayed by the artists will include:

• The 12th century Queen Elizabeth I Sessile Oak at Cowdray Park in West Sussex

• The Black Wood of Rannock–the largest area of semi-natural pine forest in Scotland which has survived relatively undisturbed for some 10,000 years

• The Llangernyw Yew in Conwy, Wales–a living survivor from prehistoric times thought to be germinated in the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago

• The inseparable brother and sister Yew trees located in the ruins of Crom Castle, Northern Ireland

By sharing captivating picture stories of the UK’s Ancient Woodlands and Trees, often referred to as “Nature’s Crown Jewels”, The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to raise awareness of these treasured habitats which have formed the backdrop to important moments in the history of our four nations, and the importance of conserving them for future generations.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a charitable initiative. The artworks on display as part of the exhibition are available for sale through The Tree Art Gallery, with a donation made in support of the QGC for each purchase.

Exhibition Information

Saturday 10–Tuesday 20 December
Weekdays: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Weekends: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

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