Bolderwood Forest chosen for Queen's Green Canopy jubilee initiative
BOLDERWOOD Forest is to be dedicated to the Queen as part of this year's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Her Majesty had asked for a ‘Green Canopy’ as one initiative to mark her milestone 70th anniversary.
As part of this, 70 ancient woodlands, one of which is Bolderwood, and 70 ancient trees will form a network across the country.
A spokesman for Forestry England said it was “delighted” the forest had been chosen, adding: “Ancient woodlands are cherished reminders of our living heritage, often referred to as ‘nature’s Crown Jewels'.
“We are proud to be part of this unique project, which aims to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations."
The project was launched by Prince Charles, who is patron of the Green Canopy, at a ceremony under an ancient sycamore at Dumfries House, Scotland.
Bolderwood is situated along the Ornamental Drive and contains some of the oldest Douglas fir trees in the New Forest, with a few dating back to 1860.
South of Bolderwood car park is an extensive area of ancient and ornamental woodland with a large mixture of native trees.
Once a Royal Forest and deer park, some of the trees date from this period.
Bolderwood has direct links to the crown, with the earliest recording of a royal hunting lodge there being in 1325 in the reign of King Edward II.
It is a great place to see deer, with a purpose-built platform overlooking a large meadow where the animals often graze.
Craig Harrison, Forestry England’s deputy surveyor for the New Forest said: “We’re absolutely delighted and honoured that Bolderwood has been chosen to be part of the Ancient Canopy. It recognises the woodland’s special features and historic royal connection.
“It’s a tribute on behalf of the whole New Forest community, dedicating this woodland to The Queen in honour of 70 years of service to her country.
“The tribute is also a credit to my Forestry England colleagues who work extremely hard to look after the New Forest and carefully plan and expertly manage this area for future generations to enjoy.”