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The Prince of Wales called for renewal of the country’s ‘diminishing’ historic natural habitat as he unveiled a collection of ancient forests and trees dedicated to the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

Charles said these “precious” assets, which support biodiversity and provide materials for artisans, must be preserved for future generations.

Among 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, a descendant of the tree Charles II used to hide from Parliamentarian forces in 1651, at the Five Hundred Acres of Sussex the inspiration for 100 Acre Wood in the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh.

Charles’ comments were made in a video message recorded under one of 70 ancient trees, the old sycamore of Dumfries House in Scotland, home to the Prince’s Foundation heir to the throne.

He said: “I think it’s absolutely vital that we do all we can to maintain our historic heritage through careful management and, in the case of forests, that we can expand and link them to other features. natural like our hedges.

“And if we want to create the ‘old’ trees of the future, we need to plant more trees in hedgerows, fields, cemeteries and avenues.

“Furthermore, I would suggest that some of those planted be propagated from today’s ancient trees, helping to preserve their unique provenance and heritage.

“These working forests and magnificent trees cover the incredible landscape of our country and exist for all to enjoy.

“At the same time, they support biodiversity and help provide us with the most versatile and beautiful materials for our artisans.”