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Cardiff to become Queen’s Green Canopy ‘champion city’
Former international rugby union referee Nigel Owens has hailed the importance of trees for well-being as Cardiff becomes the latest Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) ‘Champion City’.
The Welsh capital hosts a Six Nations rugby clash between Wales and Scotland on Saturday and QGC ambassador Owens said the ‘simple green space’ inside the stadium will be ‘transformed into a world stage “.
More than 1,000 trees will be planted in a deprived area of Cardiff on Saturday to mark its new status as Champion City, a scheme celebrating places that have made trees a central part of their green space plans.
Owens said: “This weekend, tens of thousands of people will gather at Cardiff Stadium to watch an epic competition made possible when a simple green space is transformed into a world stage.
“Some of the most exciting and memorable moments of my life have happened in this environment – in the midst of two teams engaged in a fierce battle, with the crowd hanging on to every kick and tackle.
“A spiritual home for many, the thrill of being part of a game hosted on a simple green pitch is immense.
“In my work and on my farm, I am blessed with the calming influence of trees and nature, which always provide a welcome place to reflect on the important things in life.”