British consulate plants tree on SFA campus in honor of Queen Elizabeth II

The British Consul General in Houston planted a tree on Stephen F. Austin University’s campus Tuesday in honor of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 2:24 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 8:06 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The British Consul General in Houston planted a tree on Stephen F. Austin University’s campus Tuesday in honor of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

This was the first stop on a journey around north and east Texas.

Her Majesty’s Consul Gen. Richard Hyde says he wanted to start at SFA because he’s heard great things about their programs.

“I’ve heard so much about the university and what it’s doing in terms of promoting sustainable forestry, water management, agriculture, and a range of other things for East Texas,” Hyde said.

Consular staff members are traveling 2,500 miles across Texas, which is three times the size of the U.K.

“Our objective is to get out of the Texas triangle and meet people from all different backgrounds and just to get a better sense of what makes Texas tick,” Hyde said.

For the jubilee, Hyde was asked to plant a tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a global sustainability initiative to plant trees.

“All around the world people are planting trees apart of our Green Canopy initiative, just to celebrate the life and the service of Her Majesty the Queen,” Hyde said.

Hyde says they are leaving a little bit of Britain at every stop.

“Just reinforcing that relationship between Texas and the U.K., which is really strong like a big oak, it’s a strong relationship and now this is a great symbol of that, “Hyde said.

On this month’s 2,5000-mile journey, they are also planning so-called ‘bonus trips’ to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.