Her Majesty wants to have over 100 trees removed, including mature sycamores, Norway maples, beech and Scots pine, some of which are more than 100 years old, so she can expand the west car park at her country estate.
The money-making scheme would see the car park expanded from 416 spaces to 600 spaces and the gravel surface replaced by tarmac. Some of the trees which have been earmarked to be removed are classed as “Category A” with an estimated life expectancy of at least 40 years, according to an arboricultural impact assessment by Liv Architects Ltd.
The application has been made to King’s Lynn Borough Council this week, just before The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign launches on Monday, which invites people across the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting a tree.
Earlier this week a photo was released showing the Queen and Prince Charles planting the first tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle as part of the initiative to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.