The Duke of Cornwall had the opportunity to see the first of three avenues of trees planted by the Duchy of Cornwall to celebrate his upcoming 70th Birthday, during a recent visit to the Eastern District.
His Royal Highness was able to pop by the avenue in Hereford which is located on the A49 just north of Ross-on-Wye between Peterstow and Bridstow. There are 70 trees in total, 35 each side of the road, all protected by sweet chestnut tree guards using the Duchy’s own timber. The project has been supported by Duchy tenants who farm the land and all the work has been carried out by the estate woods team.
Geraint Richards, The Duchy of Cornwall's Head Forester said: "There seems no better way for the Duchy of Cornwall to commemorate (or celebrate) His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall’s seventieth birthday in 2018 than by planting avenues of trees at high profile sites on Duchy land. His Royal Highness is well known as a champion of the countryside and nothing symbolises the present as well as the future as the planting of trees.
"We are delighted by the final look of the ‘The Duke of Cornwall’s Avenue’ and we have already received positive feedback from local people. We hope that the avenue will bring much happiness to passers by as the trees mature and the colours change from season to season."
The avenue in Hereford is the first of three commemorative avenues being planted by The Duchy of Cornwall. The other two are located in Somerset and Cornwall and it is hoped that planting will be completed by April 2018.
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