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Queen’s Estate set to cut 111 trees days after royals launched tree-planting initiative

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The planning application lodged with King’s Lynn Borough Council indicates 111 trees on the Queen’s royal estate in Norfolk may be cut to increase the parking space from 416 to 600 spots. The application is being considered just days after the Queen and Prince Charles launched the “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” scheme.

Among the type of trees set to be chopped down there are Mature Sycamores, Norway Maples, Beech and Scots Pine, the Daily Mirror wrote.

And an arboricultural impact assessment cited by the publication said some of the trees earmarked to be removed are classed as “Category A”, with a life expectancy of at least 40 years.

However, a spokeswoman for Sandringham Estate said the plans considered for the refurbishment of the car park will see more trees planted than those chopped down.

The redevelopment will also see the introduction of wildflower planting, she added. 

The spokeswoman said in a statement: “Within the redevelopment of the car park, the Estate will plant native trees and introduce wildflower planting, as part of its commitment to improving biodiversity.

“Planning is also underway for the creation of a number of new large-scale tree plantings and hedgerows elsewhere on the Estate.

“Many more trees are being planted at Sandringham than will be removed as part of the redevelopment.

“The trees in the current car park are classed as ‘commercial woodland’, to be used for timber.

“They are not native to the area and were planted in the 1960s for this purpose.

“The timber will be repurposed elsewhere at Sandringham, including as chipping fuel for the biomass boilers on the Estate.”

Last week, Prince Charles introduced the “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” campaign to get people planting trees in the run-up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.

The Prince of Wales and his mother were photographed together to mark this launch.

In the snap, the Queen and her heir stood in front of a small oak they planted in Windsor.

The tree-planting campaign is part of The Queen’s Green Canopy and aims at increasing Britain’s trees and plants.

In a video message to launch the initiative, Prince Charles – who has spearheaded the campaign to safeguard the environment for more than five decades, said: “It is absolutely vital that more of the right species of trees are planted, in the right places, and that more woodlands, avenues, hedgerows and hedgerow trees and urban planting schemes are established, whilst ensuring that we also protect and sustain what we already have.

“Whether you are an individual hoping to plant a single sapling in your garden, a school or community group planting a tree, a council, charity or business intending to plant a whole avenue of trees or a farmer looking to create new hedgerows, everyone across the country can get involved.”

The initiative has been backed by several leading personalities in the UK, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He said: “Our trees stand at the frontline of our fight against climate change and by sustaining our beautiful countryside for generations to come.

“The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fitting tribute to her majesty’s years of service to this country.

“I urge everyone to get involved and ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.” 

People and organisations who want to take part in this scheme are encouraged to plant trees between October 2021, when the tree planting season begins, through the end of 2022.

The Queen’s Green Canopy doesn’t aim only at raising the volume of the UK’s greenery.

Among other initiatives, it also wants to highlight and showcase 70 ancient woodlands scattered across the country – one for every year since the Queen acceded to the throne.

The project will also create a pilot training programme for unemployed young people aged between 16 and 24 to plant, during which they will manage trees through Capel Manor College, London’s specialist environmental college. 

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