Woodland Trust launches centenary oak tree ownership scheme

The Woodland Trust has put on sale 10,000 limited edition oak trees grown from acorns from Windsor Great Park as part of its Centenary Woods project.

Image: Charles D P Miller
Image: Charles D P Miller

With permission of the park's owners the Crown Estate, the Woodland Trust has harvested the acorns of the pedunculate or English oak (Quercus robur) and had the saplings grown, which are now up to 60cm in height.

Announcing the launch, the trust said: "This is a unique opportunity to own and nurture an important piece of living history – a Royal Centenary Oak sapling, grown to commemorate the centenary of the First World War."

A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the 2,000-hectare Windsor Great Park is renowned for its ancient oaks, of which it contains of the largest populations in northern Europe.

A century ago the estate was home to the Canadian Forestry Corps, responsible for fulfilling around 70 per cent of the vast amounts of timber needed during the war.

The trees are available online, priced £50.

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