King Charles receives first seedling from felled Sycamore Gap tree | UK News

The King has been given the first sapling from the renowned Sycamore Gap tree, which was cut down last year. The National Trust has presented the monarch with the first sapling cultivated from seeds gathered from the felled landmark for Celebration Day. The event occurs on the final bank holiday Monday in May and aims to inspire people to remember and honor the lives of those who have passed away, according to organizers.

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The renowned landmark was cut down on 28 September. Pic: PA

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The renowned landmark was cut down on 28 September last year. Pic: PA

Once the sapling matures into a young tree, the monarch will have it planted in Windsor Great Park for visitors to admire as a representation of the hope and beauty that can emerge from loss, the National Trust stated. “When the sapling matures, His Majesty hopes to plant it in Windsor Great Park, where with time the wind will aid in distributing its seeds more broadly,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on X. “Part of the strength of trees to inspire and comfort us lies in the continuity and hope they signify: the notion that, rooted in the past and thriving in the present, their seeds will be carried into an as yet unimaginable future.” The King is patron of the National Trust and was its president from 2003 until his ascension to the throne in 2022.

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Hilary McGrady, director general of the National Trust, mentioned: “It is fantastic news that His Majesty will one day have the very first sapling cultivated from this iconic tree.” The new tree will be viewed by many thousands each year and will be the first of several Sycamore Gap saplings planted at various locations, in Northumberland and beyond. “The swell of emotion witnessed after the sycamore was felled demonstrates how personally connected we all are to our natural heritage.” These new green shoots are preserving the legacy of the Sycamore Gap and serve as a reminder of the straightforward and greatly needed hope, joy, and respite that nature can deliver.”Read more: Warning of ‘threat to life’ from flooding as thunderstorms hit More than 2,000 people entombed alive in Papua New Guinea Israeli airstrikes ‘kill 45’ after Hamas launched rockets at Tel Aviv

It follows a district judge ruling that the case of two men accused of cutting down the tree is too severe for a magistrates’ court and must be handled at the crown court.

Dame Judi Dench holds a sapling from the Sycamore Gap tree. Pic: PA

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Dame Judi Dench holds a sapling from the Sycamore Gap tree. Pic: PA

The public got its first glimpse of the sapling at the Chelsea Flower Show on 20 May when Dame Judi Dench placed it in the Octavia Hill garden – named after the National Trust’s founder. The Sycamore Gap tree was among the most photographed trees in the UK and gained fame in a scene in Kevin Costner‘s 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.

Conservationists used grafting methods to grow new plants from the Sycamore Gap tree. Pic: National Trust/James Dobson

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Conservationists used grafting methods to grow new plants from the Sycamore Gap tree. Pic: National Trust/James Dobson

Staff have been diligently nurturing the saplings. Pic: National Trust/James Dobson

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Staff have been diligently nurturing the saplings. Pic: National Trust/James Dobson

The National Trust announced that the planting plans for the remaining saplings will be revealed later this year. It is anticipated that the trees these saplings develop into, including the one received by the King, will spread their seeds widely through the wind.

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