06 April 2022

Tree planted to commemorate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee

Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Rev Kenneth MacKenzie joined tenants and staff to plant a tree in honour of Her Majesty The Queen at Sluiemohr Sheltered Housing in Ballater this morning (Wed, Apr 6).

The Green Canopy tree planting ceremony was one of several events across Aberdeenshire and beyond marking the most remarkable milestone of The Queen’s reign, which began in 1952.

The Deputy Lieutenant was joined by Sluiemohr tenant Kitty Milne, who has met The Queen on several occasions and possesses letters and photographs of herself with Her Majesty.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Sheltered Housing Manager Kate MacDonald and Maria Ponte, the council’s Sheltered Housing Activities Coordinator for Aberdeenshire, were also present at the ceremony.

Ms MacDonald said: “It was an honour to welcome The Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Rev. Kenneth MacKenzie to Sluiemohr Sheltered Housing. The tenants were really excited about this special event, many of them having lived through the key moments of Her Majesty’s reign.

“The trees planted will not only act as a symbol of The Queen’s enduring reign but will also be a special place for our tenants to enjoy nature as well as reflecting on this historic occasion.”

There are several Green Canopy tree planting ceremonies taking place across Aberdeenshire to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The focal point of the national celebrations will be over the Platinum Jubilee weekend with an extended Bank Holiday from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.