Letter: Royal trees
Tuesday 29 June 1999
In our research in the Great Park (on air chemistry) I have been consistently impressed by the understanding and love for the place shown by the park wardens. That the park exists at all is because it was created and maintained over the centuries by the royals.
The old oaks of Windsor need some renewal, or there will be no such habitat for beetles some centuries hence when the present old decaying trees have finally gone. I was sad the Duke of Edinburgh decided to cut trees, but I understood the trans-generational equity in the decision. He valued environmental benefit in future centuries above the present visual amenity to us miserable folk escaping from the surrounding concrete wasteland we have created by bad planning.
Created habitats like Windsor Park are not stable but dynamic; they need to be managed actively and with understanding.
Professor E G NISBET
Englefield Green, Surrey
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