Todd Rasberry, West Texas A&M University's vice president for philanthropy and external relations, addresses the crowd Friday at WT's tree-planting ceremony at its Canyon campus.  The ceremony was held in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II and her Green Canopy programme.

WT honors Queen Elizabeth II with tree planting

CANON — Officials from West Texas A&M University (WT) gathered Friday outside the old main building on campus to plant a tree in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Queens Green Canopy Program.

The campaign encourages the planting of healthy native trees that will thrive and enhance the environment and landscape for future generations. In an effort to help the environment and make local areas greener, the program was launched in the UK in 2021.

Launching the project herself, the Queen, with the help of Prince Charles at the time, planted the first tree on the grounds of Windsor Castle in March 2021. More than a million trees have been planted in her name as part of the programme.

Originally, the British Consulate was due to be outside Houston for the ceremony, which was delayed last Friday due to the sudden death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. She will likely visit the British Consulate at a later time and will present a plaque commemorating the planting of trees as part of the Green Canopy programme.

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