What is The Queen's Green Canopy?
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales recently unveiled a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees that are dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. We are thrilled that the Old Oak Wood (Purple Trail) has been included as part of this truly special network, The Queen’s Green Canopy. The Old Oak Wood has stood for hundreds of years within Dalkeith Country Park and has many stories to tell.
Each location chosen reflects a range of themes from conservation to history, children, education, literature/creative arts, science, communities, health and wellbeing. Each tree has its own story to tell. By sharing these stories, the aim is to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations.
What makes the Old Oak Wood special?
Let us introduce you three of The Park’s stand out trees from the Old Oak Wood, that are lovingly referred to as – The Mother Tree, The Micheal & The Ladies Seat. If only their branches could talk, they would have a lot to say…
The Mother Tree
The Park team collect and re-plant seedlings from The Mother Tree throughout the Old Oak Wood to keep the communities of trees intact. This process helps to maintain the network of connections in The Old Oak Wood. Connected forests are better able to cope with climate change and be productive, healthy and diverse and around for many generations to come.
The Ladies Seat
This is where the ladies who lived in or frequented The Park would head to enjoy a sheltered picnic spot. These mighty oaks provided shelter no matter where they sat. It was also a top Roe Deer viewing spot where they can still be spotted today.