hospice receives trees thanks to queen’s initiative

09 November 2018

Havens Hospices has received five trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.

On Friday 9th November, Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley received five saplings thanks to staff from the Southend branch of Sainsbury’s who nominated the charity to receive the trees.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Havens Hospices was chosen to receive the trees in this area. They have been planted at Little Havens but will be moved to the charity’s new Fair Havens Hospice in Prittlewell when it is completed in 2020.

Chris Bartell, Havens Hospices Estates Manager, said,

“When we heard we had been chosen to receive these five saplings we were thrilled. It is such a wonderful project and to be a recipient is very special. Our gardens at Little Havens and Fair Havens are an extended part of the care environment at our hospices. They are a place for families to seek solace or for moments of quiet contemplation. We have a dedicated team of around 45 Garden Club Volunteers who work tirelessly all year to maintain the gardens and they will take very good care of these saplings until their new home at new Fair Havens is ready.”

The initiative has been made possible thanks to a partnership with the Woodland Trust and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees. 

At the heart of the film was a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough filmed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace last summer.  

In support of the programme Sainsbury’s funded 10,000 free tree packs for ITV viewers that were given away through the Woodland Trust.

Sainsbury’s Southend Store Manager, Shaun Gadsby, said,

“It is a huge honour to be involved so directly in the planting of trees connected with the Commonwealth Canopy project and through it we are thrilled to be able to support Havens Hospices, an organisation that provides such a vital service to the local community.

“The facilities and the staff working there make a real difference to people and their families at some difficult and emotionally challenging times and we are just so pleased to be able to make a gift of these saplings that will hopefully give enjoyment and solace to those that work and stay there.”

Chris added,

“Thank you to Sainsbury’s in Southend for nominating us, the Woodland Trust and of course the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’ for the babies, children, adults and their families that we care for.”

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