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Royals want trees planted; Sandringham wants to cut some down

While The Queen and Prince Charles are urging people to plant millions of trees, the Royal estate at Sandringham wants to chop more than a hundred of them down.

It says that it needs 111 of them to go to make way for extra car parking spaces near the visitor centre.

The planning application has been submitted to West Norfolk Council this week - just after The Queen's Plant a Tree for the Jubilee scheme has been launched.

Prince Charles plants a tree to launch the scheme. Pic: Press Association
Prince Charles plants a tree to launch the scheme. Pic: Press Association

The Queen and Prince Charles have each planted a tree at Windsor to encourage millions of people to follow suit so the plans to get rid of nature sycamores, towering pine, maple and beech, some of them more than 100 years old, comes with unfortunate timing.

The estate has said, in its planning submission, that these trees need to go to allow the west car park to be enlarged from 416 to 600 parking spaces for visitors to the estate, including 50 with wheelchair access.

An arboricultural impact statement submitted to planners details the trees that are earmarked for felling including a number that are estimated to have at least another 40 years of life expectancy.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles has sent out a video message urging people to plant a tree to mark the Royal jubilee and celebrate The Queen's 70th year on the throne, stating: “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.”

The Prince now runs the Sandringham estate, having taken it over from Prince Philip, and has made it clear that he is keen to work with nature and establish natural farming and environmental practices. He has said that it is his ambition to go fully organic there at some point.

The estate has said that the trees due for felling near the car park are classed as commercial woodland to be used for timber and were planted for that purpose.

A spokesperson said that there are plans to plant many more trees and hedgerows and wildflower plantings elsewhere on the estate and added: "Many more are being planted than will be removed."

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