HOPE REINS HONOURS QUEEN’S REIGN
A corridor of 1500 trees, the same number that Queen Elizabeth II planted during her 70-year reign, will be planted at Langshaw’s Hope Reins property to mark the Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said Hope Reins Inc had achieved a $20,000 grant towards the $35,000 Perimeter Platinum Planting Project, creating a permanent reminder of Her Majesty’s service at a much-loved organisation that works with rescue horses and vulnerable people.
“The Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee program, an initiative of the former Morrison-Joyce Coalition
Government, puts up to $15.1 million on the table to community-based tree plantings,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This is a fitting tribute as Queen Elizabeth II has been famously enamoured with horses since she was a little girl.”
“This new nature strip, along two boundaries of the Hope Reins property, will be about 16,408 km from the first Jubilee tree planted on the grounds of Windsor Castle in March to mark the launch of the Queen’s Green Canopy in the United Kingdom.”
Hope Reins Inc co-founder Ruth Polley said the nature strip would provide shade for horses and riders, a new habitat for native wildlife and a bio-security buffer to protect healing horses.
“During her 70-year reign, the Queen planted about 1500 trees, and that’s where the idea of the tree planting came about,” Ms Polley said.
“It will shade our horses, attract birds and native wildlife and act as a wildlife corridor to allow them safe access to water sources. It will also be a place for our volunteers to walk horses or enjoy.”
Mr O’Brien said the trees would be a living tribute to the Queen on the grounds of Hope Reins, an institution that connects horses to the community.
It is expected to take nine months to plant all 1500 trees in stages.
Mr O’Brien said the program would create a legacy of tree planting nationwide while celebrating Her Majesty’s Jubilee.