Mary Ann Joins The Queen’s Green Canopy

Mary Ann joins The Queen’s Green Canopy

On Tuesday 23rd November we were absolutely delighted to welcome our patrons – Kay Alexander MBE and Sir William Matthew Stratford Dugdale – who planted an Amelanchier in Mary Ann’s garden. The tree had been chosen by Kay herself, because of the vibrant colouring of its maturing leaves and their unusual shape.

What is the Queen’s Green Canopy?

The Queen’s Green Canopy is set up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. It promotes Queen’s interest in trees and her concern for the environment/climate change. The planting of trees is a concrete way for everyone from organisations to individuals to help combat climate change and of course celebrate the Jubilee.

Mary Ann joined the initiative after being made aware by both Kay and Matthew. Kay donated the tree to Mary Ann and Matthew is the Warwickshire lead for The Queen’s Green Canopy. It is the perfect campaign for us to get behind.

Kay Alexander MBE said: “We were delighted to support both the Queen’s Green Canopy and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice by purchasing a tree to be planted in the hospice’s gardens. This is not only a green and physical tribute to Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, but also a lovely way to celebrate the achievement and memory of the work of Mary Ann over the last 30 years, and a trust in the growth and development of the work for the future”.

Why our garden is important to us

On the Hospice site we have a beautifully tended garden that is available for our service users all year round. Even now when it’s a bit too chilly to be out there, we have beautiful big windows in our rooms that look out over our garden. It is a source of pride for staff and volunteers alike.

We continue to make our garden its best possible version because it offers a small piece of sanctuary to all who pass through our doors. It is a wonderful place of calm and peace. It truly is lovely to sit in there and just listen to all of the sounds of nature.

Liz Hancock, Chief Executive added, “At Mary Ann we are blessed with some wonderful gardens so this tree, and all it represents, will make a wonderful addition”.

Find out what’s happening with The Queen’s Green Canopy across Warwickshire.


We are delighted to be part of this very deserving scheme. We hope that it is something that inspires many to plant a tree or several to help combat climate change.

Fighting climate change is something that charities, businesses and individuals can unite behind to make the world a better place for all.

Find out more about The Queen’s Green Canopy on their website –

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