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Mar Lodge Estate woodlands named in national network to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee


By Kyle Ritchie

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The National Trust for Scotland's woods at Mar Lodge Estate near Braemar have been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy recently announced the network of woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees across the United Kingdom, which will form part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

The initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy, under one of the Ancient Tree dedications – the old Sycamore located at Dumfries House in Scotland. His Royal Highness is also the patron of the National Trust for Scotland.

Four of the conservation charity’s woodlands have been selected to be part of the network, including Mar Lodge Estate.

These woods include Caledonian pinewoods and birchwoods and native woodland plantations forming part of the 30,000-hectare estate, the largest National Nature Reserve in the UK. Its oldest tree dates back to 1477.

The estate’s woodlands account for around five per cent of Scotland’s remaining Caledonian pinewood.

The woods in the Mar Lodge Estate have been chosen to be part of a nationwide network to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.
The woods in the Mar Lodge Estate have been chosen to be part of a nationwide network to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

Stuart Brooks, head of conservation and policy at the National Trust for Scotland said: “We are very honoured that our woodlands at Mar Lodge Estate have been selected to be part of this celebration. These ancient pines are so special.

“Unique in their make up and character, these woodlands have stood for centuries, contributing to Scotland’s biodiversity, absorbing carbon and benefitting us all with their nature, beauty and heritage.

“Our charity is proud to play its part in protecting them now and for the future, and through our regeneration and management work, will ensure that they continue to thrive for many more centuries to come.”

Established over hundreds of years, the chosen woodlands and trees represent the diverse canopy of the four nations, it is a celebration of the country's living heritage.

All the woodlands and trees have a story to tell. Some are famous specimens and others have a local significance.

These Ancient natural spaces hold significance and meaning for so many people in many different ways.

They are symbols of community pride, places to connect socially and vital spaces for health and wellbeing activities.

By sharing the stories behind the Ancient woodlands and trees, as well as the efforts that are made to protect them, The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. More information can be found at www.queensgreencanopy.org


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