Mar Lodge Estate woodlands named in National Grid to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
The National Trust for Scotland’s Woods at Mar Lodge Estate, near Braemar, was chosen as part of a national network of 70 ancient woodlands dedicated to the Queen to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s Green Canopy recently announced the network of forests and 70 ancient trees across the UK that will form part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
The initiative was started by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is patron of the Queen’s Green Canopy, under one of the dedications of the ancient tree – the old sycamore located at Dumfries House in Scotland. His Royal Highness is also Patron of the National Trust for Scotland.
Four of the conservation charity’s forests have been selected to be part of the network, including Mar Lodge Estate.
These woodlands include Caledonian pine and birch stands and native woodland plantations forming part of the 30,000 hectare estate, the UK’s largest National Nature Reserve. Its oldest tree dates from 1477.
The estate woods make up about five percent of Scotland’s remaining Caledonian pine forest.
Stuart Brooks, Head of Conservation and Policy at the National Trust for Scotland, said: “We are very honored that our forests at Mar Lodge Estate have been selected to be part of this celebration. These centuries-old pines are so special.
“Unique in composition and character, these forests have existed for centuries, contributing to Scotland’s biodiversity, absorbing carbon and bringing their nature, beauty and heritage to all of us.
“Our charity is proud to play its part in protecting them now and for the future, and through our regeneration and stewardship work will ensure they continue to thrive for many centuries to come.”
Established for hundreds of years, the chosen woods and trees represent the diverse canopy of the four nations, it is a celebration of the country’s living heritage.
All woods and trees have a story to tell. Some are famous specimens and others have local significance.
These ancient natural spaces hold meaning and significance for so many people in different ways.
They are symbols of community pride, places of social connection, and vital spaces for health and wellness activities.
By sharing the stories behind ancient forests and trees, and the efforts made to protect them, The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to raise awareness of these precious 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 across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’. More information can be found at www.queensgreencanopy.org