An award-winning community hub has been honoured by Buckingham Palace.

Flo’s - the Place in the Park in Cowley is delighted that it will receive a tree from the “Tree of Trees” sculpture installation which was displayed outside Buckingham Palace last June to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The “Tree of Trees” sculpture was made up of an impressive 350 trees which form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative to mark Her 70 years on the throne.

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Outstanding community organisations across the UK have now been gifted a tree from the collection, to recognise their service to community building.

The silver birch will be awarded to Flo’s in a ceremony celebrating “New Beginnings” this coming Sunday, January 22, and planted by The Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

The event, which is suitable for all ages, is open to the public and will run from 12-4pm on Sunday.

It will feature stalls about living a more sustainable life, for example how to insulate your windows, a talk on solar panels which have been recently installed at Flo’s by JoJu Solar, and children’s activities.

Flo’s Interim Director, Candida March said “Flo’s is honoured to be awarded one of the 350 trees from the Tree of Trees as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

“Planting and tending for the tree in the Queen's name will be one way to express our values of hope, wellbeing and nature, and to join her desire for communities to work together to combat the climate and biodiversity crisis.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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