19th May 2017
Information from: Dorset Gardens Trust Schools Committee
CONGRATULATIONS SALWAY ASH ON GETTING YOUR ROYAL OAK SAPLING!
The Dorset Gardens Trust Schools Committee decided to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth ll, which was in 2016, by gathering (with permission) acorns grown that year in Windsor Great Park. There are some most interesting ancient oaks in the park:
Some history about the oak saplings from Windsor Great Park. One tree is 1,000 years old and one is 1,300 yrs.
This is “Prince Albert’s oak tree” planted by Queen Victoria 25 November 1881 in memory of her “Beloved Albert”. It was planted at the spot that Albert fired his last shot on his last shoot before he died as detailed on the adjacent plaque.
One of our members gathered the acorns at Windsor Great Park
Then members of the DGT Schools Committee planted the acorns and looked after them until they were ready to give to the school gardening clubs