In June 2022 the millimetre team completed the installation of one of the Platinum Jubilee centrepieces in London. The Tree of Trees stands tall at 21m in front of Buckingham Palace and will act as a main beacon for the Lighting ceremony on the 2nd June.
The sculpture was created for the Queens Green Canopy over the last few months, alongside Heatherwick Studio, Format Engineers and Smith and Wallwork. It is made from reclaimed steel with materials and expertise sourced from local suppliers up and down the country, including Barcham Trees in Cambridgeshire and Cleveland Steel in Yorkshire.
The 350 trees are set in aluminium pots embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher. After the Jubilee weekend, the trees will be gifted to selected community groups and organisations to celebrate their work and inspire the next generation of tree planters across the nation. The trees will be carefully stored during the summer ahead of distribution at the start of the planting season in October.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is working to help green our cities, renew the countryside and bring communities together. The sculpture, designed by Thomas Heatherwick seeks to put the importance of trees and nature at the heart of this historic milestone.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a charitable initiative. The Tree of Trees sculpture has been supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.