ITV announces new documentary The Queen’s Green Planet

ITV announces new documentary The Queen’s Green Planet

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Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
The Queen (Credit: ITV)

ITV's new documentary will follow the ambitious environmental project to plant trees across the Commonwealth.

The documentary will explore the creation of native forests and conservation initiatives put in place in 53 countries across Britain and the Commonwealth as part of the project set up by The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

The Queen's Green Planet will also feature a special conversation between Her Majesty and Sir David Attenborough in the garden at Buckingham Palace, which took place last summer.

"Our film, The Queen's Green Planet, shows not only the Queen's interest in trees, but also how an ambitious global project has spread across the Commonwealth, with countries all around the world dedicating forests and tree planting initiatives in her name," commented ITV's Controller of Factual, Jo Clinton Davis. 

"Rare is the project that starts as a finite one hour documentary and ends up generating the momentum for a timeless campaigning event."

ITV has joined forces with The Woodland Trust and Sainsbury's for a new environmental campaign to mark the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth.

Prior to the documentary, ITV will give viewers the opportunity to get involved in the campaign by planting their own trees. 

Good Morning Britain and This Morning will give out 10,000 packs trees to all viewers as well as schools, community groups and associations, provided by The Woodland Trust, funded by Sainsbury’s.

“The Woodland Trust is delighted to be partnering with ITV in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy,” said Woodland Trust Chair, Baroness Young. “Thanks to funding from Sainsbury’s we are giving people the opportunity to connect with nature and their wider community by planting and nurturing native trees while becoming a tangible part of this inspirational legacy.”

“[Trees] are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe,” she added.

“They look good, they do good and we are thrilled Her Majesty feels the same.”

The free plant-a-tree packs will contain two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel UK-sourced and native broadleaf trees.

Each successful participant will receive a special commemorative booklet when the documentary airs on ITV, which will include information about how to grow and nurture trees, as well as photographs and information about the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.

The packs will be sent out to the viewers in Autumn 2018, which is deemed the best season to plant young trees.​ 

The documentary The Queen’s Green Planet airs on Monday 16 April on ITV.

Click here to apply for a plant-a-tree pack.

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ITV's new documentary will follow the ambitious environmental project to plant trees across the Commonwealth.