King talks about the “comforting presence” of trees as a fitting tribute to the late Queen

The king has praised the “extraordinary diversity and beauty” and “own enchanting character” of each of the ancient trees and forests dedicated to his late mother the queen.

Charles, writing in the foreword to a new book entitled The Queen’s Green Canopy, pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, saying her “life has touched countless people over many generations and around the world.”

He talks about how the “enduring and reassuring presence” of trees makes them a fitting way to honor the country’s longest-reigning monarch.

The book, which will be published in June, contains photographs, through the changing seasons, of the nation’s network of 70 ancient trees and 70 historic forests, which were dedicated to the monarch on the occasion of her platinum jubilee.

The trees and woodland are part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, which also saw over a million new trees planted in the Queen’s name to celebrate her reign and create a lasting legacy.

A public exhibition of the book’s images by wildlife photographers Adrian Houston and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice is also taking place at Sotheby’s in London, starting on Saturday and running until December 20.

There will also be drawings of the ancient canopy by artist Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, whose detailed work has been brought together in a harmonica style into an intricate leporello book.

The King, Patron of the QGC, writes: “Today, thankfully, there is a much greater awareness of the importance of trees and forests for the tremendous benefits they bring to us and our planet.

“Their enduring and reassuring presence has made them, I think, an especially appropriate way to commemorate the seventy-year reign of our late Queen, whose life has touched countless people over many generations and around the world.”

He adds: “These trees and forests, many of which are of an astonishing age, have their own enchanting character and history and are inseparable from the culture of our country.”

Charles expressed his hope that the new trees planted as part of the initiative would become the ancient forests of the future.

“In this book, the incredibly talented photographers, Adrian Houston and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice, have captured the extraordinary diversity and beauty of all 70 ancient trees and 70 ancient forests,” he said.

In another preface to the leporello, Charles described Aytoun-Ellis’ artwork as “unique” and “haunting”.

Among the ancient trees depicted in the exhibit is the Llangernyw Yew in Conwy, Wales – a living prehistoric survivor believed to have sprouted in the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago.

The artwork in The Queen’s Green Canopy Ancient Woodlands and Trees exhibition at Sotheby’s in Bond Street, London, is for sale through The Tree Art Gallery, with a donation to support the QGC for each purchase.

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