Hampshire County Council Leader agrees exciting plans for the historic Platinum Jubilee Year

The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans has set out exciting plans (25 January) for Hampshire’s celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a £0.5million fund to help support the planting of thousands of new trees across the county

Jan 25 2022


At his Executive Member for Policy and Resources Decision Day meeting, Councillor Mans agreed the Authority’s outline programme of events for the year of festivities – which feature activities at schools, public libraries, County Parks, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and even a commemorative ‘Everest’ rock climbing challenge at Calshot Outdoor Activity Centre.


Councillor Mans said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a remarkable opportunity to not only to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s incredible 70 years of dedicated public service, but it is also a welcome opportunity for family, friends and communities to celebrate together on this important occasion. As part of our plans in Hampshire to mark this historic milestone, we are planning a wide range of exciting events and activities to help residents commemorate and celebrate, as well as proposals for a £0.5million initiative to create a living, environmental legacy in recognition of the Jubilee. The aim is to help schools, organisations, individuals and communities to plant thousands of trees across the county, which will contribute towards the Queen’s Green Canopy project, and further the County Council’s own environmental ambitions for tree planting in Hampshire.”


The activities and initiatives in Hampshire, set within the context of the national programme and plans, will be spread throughout Her Majesty’s Platinum year, but the primary focus is during the extended bank holiday weekend of Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022.


More details of the County Council’s Platinum Jubilee programme will be published in due course as plans are developed in more detail. These outline proposals are subject to feasibility and may be subject to change. However, at this initial stage, proposals include:


Schools – alongside individual schools’ own plans and national activity, the County Council will offer Hampshire schools a seed pack containing red, white, and blue wildflowers for spring planting. A commemorative Commonwealth school meals menu will also be on offer to pupils.


Country Parks – themed events to promote the “The Big Jubilee Lunch” (to be held nationally on Saturday 4 June) including at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley which will host a food festival celebrating diverse and Commonwealth foods.


Hampshire’s public libraries – activities to create Jubilee scrap books and craft workshops to make bunting, flags, collages, and quilts – a project to create an e-book collecting memories from the past 70 years.


The Queen’s Green Canopy in Hampshire – a £0.5million initiative to support tree planting in line with the County Council’s wider climate action plan. Activity will include a new woodland to be planted by County Council staff and volunteers at River Hamble Country Park. Advice, guidance, and practical support will be made available to assist schools, organisations, and communities to plant successfully – with the right tree in the right place across Hampshire, and during the planting season (October-March). Commemorative trees will also be planted at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield and at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey.


Licoricia statue in Winchester – a life-size bronze statue of Licoricia, an influential medieval Jewish woman, will be unveiled outside The Winchester Arc (formally Winchester Discovery Centre) on 10 February marking the start of Hampshire’s Platinum Jubilee programme. This will be a major interfaith event, a key theme of the Jubilee. The County Council is supporting the Licoricia of Winchester Appeal Trust to develop educational materials about Winchester’s medieval Jewish community, its role in society and its royal connections, and to promote religious tolerance and understanding.


Platinum Jubilee Beacons – supporting national plans by lighting two beacons in Hampshire (one in the north and one in the south of the county) on Thursday 2 June.


Calshot Outdoor Activity Centre - the Centre will organise a rock-climbing relay to climb the total height of Mt Everest (the 70th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who summitted Everest on 29 May 1953 - news reached Britain of the achievement on day of The Queen’s coronation on 3 June 3 1953).


Chairman’s Concert – A special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert with performances from the Hampshire Music Service. The event will be recorded to be made available to wider audiences including residents of Hampshire care homes


Hampshire Records Office – a special exhibition touring across selected libraries and other public spaces


Registration Services - Commemorative birth certificates will be offered to all babies born in the month of The Jubilee and Commemorative certificates will be offered to all couples marrying or forming civil partnerships in June 2022. A special citizenship event will be held in Winchester’s Great Hall on 27 May.


Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – The Gardens will host a Gurkha Memorial Day on 14 May, marking 25 years of its Gurkha Memorial Garden. The world-leading horticultural attraction will also create a tree trail to highlight all the trees planted by or for the Royal Family at The Gardens; and a trail that includes planting from across the Commonwealth.


More details on national Platinum Jubilee celebrations can be found here: How you can get involved – The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022.