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Prince Charles under a sycamore tree planted during the reign of Elizabeth I to distinguish the 70 remarkable trees of the country

Trees are at the heart of the Platinum Jubilee festivities, with public celebrations scheduled for early June. The Prince of Wales has launched a new initiative related to trees and the Jubilee, recording a message at the foot of one of the country’s oldest sycamores. 70 of the UK’s most remarkable trees will receive special status.

Prince Charles announces the distinction of 70 trees and woodlands in the country

Prince Charles recorded a video message from the grounds of Dumfries House, his Scottish country home. The Prince of Wales stood under the impressive sycamore tree crown that sits in the middle of his property to launch the initiative to designate 70 trees in the coming weeks as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A total of 70 trees, forests or woodlands will receive this distinction, in reference to the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

Throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth II herself planted more than 1,500 trees around the world as she traveled. Trees are an important part of the Platinum Jubilee scheme. A few months ago, the Queen’s Canopy Planting Initiative was launched. The initiative aims to motivate British and Commonwealth citizens to plant trees in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Prince Charles is the patron of the Queen’s Canopy.

Under the sycamore tree, Prince Charles explained in his video that the tree was planted in 1599, during the reigns of Elizabeth I and King James VI. “It’s great that this ancient tree is as old as Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Caravaggio’s David and Goliath,” Prince Charles said. “Trees and forests mean so much to all of us, their unwavering and reassuring presence a reminder of our longtime Sovereign and her tireless dedication.”

Other notable trees among the 70 distinguished trees and forests include the apple tree, believed to be the tree under which Isaac Newton developed the theory of gravity. There is also the yew tree, in the Costwolds, under which the author JRR Tolkien was inspired to write The Lord of the Rings.

The British press claims that one million trees have already been planted as part of the Queen’s Canopy. In order to remind this initiative to the end, an impressive wooden structure is being built in front of Buckingham Palace. This structure will be completed for the festivities in front of the Palace. The structure is made up of 350 young shrubs in pots, which will be replanted all over the UK once the celebrations are over.

Photos credits: Bestimage

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