Shepherd Neame is planting 70 trees at pubs across its estate as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

The Faversham-based brewer and pub company has so far planted 66 fruit trees at four pubs in the South East as part of the unique initiative, which invites individuals, schools, groups and businesses across the country to Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.

Deputy Lieutenant and Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, Jonathan Neame joined the licensee of the Pepper Box Inn in Harrietsham, to help plant a Jubilee Plum as part of a collection of 16 trees on land next to the pub.

So far the company has planted 16 fruit trees at the Woolpack Inn in Benover, Yalding; 16 at the Pepper Box Inn at Windmill Hill, Harrietsham; 16 more at the George Inn at Newnham, Sitttingbourne, and 18 at The Red Lion at Chelwood Gate in Haywards Heath, each site making up a mini orchard.

The trees are a range of varieties, including Crab Apple, Flowering Cherry, Quince, and Nectarine.

Shepherd Neame will also plant a further four trees in the autumn, bringing the number to 70, celebrating Her Majesty’s 70 years of service, and creating a legacy for future generations.

The project has been put together in collaboration with fellow Faversham-based firm Edible Culture, which supplied the trees.