Charles calls for refinishing antique woods as new project honors Queen
The Prince of Wales has called for the country’s “dwindling” historic natural habitat to be renewed as he unveiled a collection of ancient woodlands and trees dedicated to the Queen to mark her platinum jubilee.
Charles said these “precious” assets, which support biodiversity and provide materials for craft workers, need to be preserved for future generations.
The 70 ancient forests and 70 trees dedicated to the Queen are some of the country’s most natural features, from the Boscobel Oak in Shropshire, the descendant of that tree Charles II used to hide in Sussex’s five hundred acres from Parliamentary forces in 1651. The inspiration for the 100 Acre Wood in the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh.
Charles’ remarks were made in a video message recorded under the old sycamore at Dumfries House in Scotland, one of 70 ancient trees, which is home to the Prince Foundation’s heir to the throne.
He said: “I believe it is absolutely vital that we continue to nurture our historical heritage through careful management and, in the case of woodlands, we can expand them and make them look like our hedgerows.” May be linked to other natural features.
“And if we are to make the ‘ancient’ trees of the future, we will have to plant more trees in fences, in fields, in churches and along pathways.
“Furthermore, I would suggest that some of the ones planted should be propagated from the ancient trees of today, thus helping to preserve their unique origins and heritage.
“These working woodlands and magnificent trees spread across the wonderful landscape of our country and exist for everyone to enjoy.
“At the same time, they support biodiversity, and help us provide the most versatile and beautiful materials for our artisans and women.”