Two charities have been presented with a ‘Tree of Trees’ as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).

The Musselburgh-based Bridges Project, which works with young people, and Amisfield Walled Garden in Haddington joined more than 300 organisations in the UK which were recipients of these special trees.

As a centrepiece of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations in June, the Tree of Trees stood outside Buckingham Palace in London as a message of hope and regeneration.

The trees have been gifted to each county in the UK in a pot embossed with the cypher of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle.

The Lord Lieutenants of each county, who are representatives of King Charles III, have been championing the QGC locally and have selected the recipients of the trees.

Presented by East Lothian Lord Lieutenant Roderick Urquhart, the trees – both rowans – will become part of the living legacy in honour of the Queen, joining more than a million trees already planted across the UK as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

Depute Lieutenant Hew Dalrymple, who is co-ordinating the East Lothian participation, said: “The gift of these trees is a ‘thank you’ for all the valuable and tireless work that volunteers and individuals undertake for the benefit of their communities and each Lord Lieutenancy across the UK was able to select appropriate organisations within their local community.

“These two organisations are wonderful examples of the charitable work going on across the county.”

The Bridges Project on Bogpark Road is now considering where its tree will be planted.

CEO Emma Scarcliffe said: “We are delighted to have been selected to receive one of the 350 trees gifted to organisations making a difference in their communities.

“It is an absolute honour to be chosen and we are truly grateful to be recognised as an organisation making a positive and measurable impact to the lives of young people in East Lothian.

“We are overwhelmed to have received this symbol of gratitude for our efforts in inspiring young people to reach their full potential and go on to live happy, fulfilling and successful lives, and we look forward to holding a very special planting ceremony in the new year.”

Caroline Libberton, chairperson of the Amisfield Preservation Trust, said: “Everyone at Amisfield is delighted to receive a tree from The Queen’s Green Canopy.

“We’ve planted the rowan at the heart of a new woodland area we’re developing, which will feature a range of trees and be surrounded by bluebells in the spring.

“Our outgoing chair, Kate Rycroft, planted the tree with East Lothian’s Lord Lieutenant and it was a wonderful way to celebrate her huge contribution to Amisfield over many years.

“The garden is now seeking a new chair to lead Amisfield as it continues to grow, develop and welcome visitors. For more information on the role, please get in touch at”