Rusty Plaque is designed that way

  • Houghton Regis Town Council has responded via social media to comments that their Queens Jubilee Tree plaque was rusty.
A spokesperson for the Town Council said, “Our plaque was purchased from RBLI, Every plaque is unique. All plaques bought from RBLI are made by Armed Forces veterans. 

“In buying the recyclable plaques from Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), we are helping to create jobs for veterans, ensuring that our involvement positively impacts two worthy causes.

“Their sustainable Corten steel plaques are designed to naturally form a layer of surface rust over time, creating a unique patina that looks beautiful and forms an organic protective barrier. This ensures that the plaques last for years to come.
We have however on this occasion cleaned the plaque, but please bear in mind that it will start to rust again over time.”


The RBLI supplies plaques on behalf of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) – a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

rust-coloured plaque

Each plaque is made from high-quality and recyclable Corten steel by their Armed Forces veterans and is available in two different sizes. The RBLI confirmed that the plaques are designed to naturally form an organic protective barrier.  Queen’s Green Canopy plaques can be bought by visiting the RBLI shop