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The Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson, visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Tuesday 7 November 2023 to plant the King’s Coronation Tree, as part of a royal initiative to plant three million trees nationally.

Funded by the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, the iconic English Oak sapling was planted at a special ceremony within YSP, close to the Oak that was planted in 2022 to mark the late Queen Elizabeth’s II Platinum Jubilee. A special plaque will mark out the tree for all future YSP visitors.

The English Oak was selected thanks to its special place in British culture, history and hearts. It supports more life than any other native tree species in the UK, with even its fallen leaves contributing to vast biodiversity. YSP was chosen as the ideal location for the Coronation Tree thanks to its accessibility and the benefit of having an expert estates’ team on hand to help nurture and support its future growth.

“All Lord-Lieutenants were allocated a small sum from the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to have a tree planted in their county to mark the King’s Coronation. 

“I was delighted to choose Yorkshire Sculpture Park for our county’s tree as I knew the tree would be well maintained, accessible and greatly enjoyed in a glorious setting for many generations to come.”

- Ed Anderson, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

“YSP is home to the majority of Wakefield district’s ancient trees, and we are honoured to become the permanent home for West Yorkshire’s Coronation Tree. We know that our visitors will enjoy watching it grow and flourish over the years alongside its royal neighbour, the Platinum Jubilee Oak.”

- Clare Lilley, YSP Director

Find out more about the Queen’s Green Canopy: The Queen’s Green Canopy | The Royal Family

Press enquiries

Deborah Hastie, PR Consultant, YSP / +44 (0)7799 575 558 /

Kirsty Young, Head of Marketing and PR, YSP / +44 (0)1924 832 515 /

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG

Near Wakefield and Barnsley – M1 Junction 38

+44 (0)1924 832631 | | @YSPsculpture

From 6 November–24 March, YSP is closed on Mondays (excluding school and Bank Holidays) and 24–25 December.

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