NEXT year the Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne.
And to help Somerset play its part in the celebrations a new website has been launched: platinumjubileesomerset.org.uk/
A spokesperson for the county council said: “The Platinum Jubilee Somerset website features lots of information about how you can get involved in Somerset, either through the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme, by registering a beacon, or by organising a street party.
“The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative invites people – both individuals and organisations – to plant as many trees as possible around the county during the tree-planting seasons that run from October 2021 to March 2022, and again from October 2022 to the end of next year.
“This initiative will not only celebrate the Queen’s long reign but also have a positive impact on the environment and help to counter the damaging effects of climate change.
Four day Bank Holiday
“There are various plans for celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee, including a four-day national Bank Holiday from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.
“During this period, there are plans to pay tributes to Her Majesty by lighting beacons throughout the UK, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, plus in each one of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.
“You can find more information about registering a beacon in Somerset on the Platinum Jubilee Somerset website.”
Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, said: “I hope that throughout Somerset all our communities will use and enjoy this new website. It gives us the guidance we need in coordinating our plans to celebrate this unique and historic milestone across the county.
“This single point of reference will allow us to source all the information we require to work together, as we strive to proudly produce what will be the very best tribute to mark and express our gratitude to Her Majesty, The Queen.”