Giant redwood trees to be grown just outside Tamworth
THREE saplings of the gigantic redwood tree are set to be planted on a village estate near Tamworth – in celebration of Earth Day next week.
The saplings, which are '2,000-year-old clones' of historic and ancient trees in America, will be planted on the Thorpe Hall estate in Thorpe Constantine.
And it will be one of only three sites in the country to plant the trees as part of a tree preservation project.
Estate resident Hugh Lillingston will be planting the trees on Monday (April 22) in an official ceremony with environmental representatives.
He said he got involved with the project through a friend in California, and became interested in the non-profit organisation the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.
"It's really quite special," Hugh said. "They are 18-inch saplings, but what we are seeing is 2,000-year-old clones."
To get the trees into the country he said he had completed 16 customs forms and this week got approval from Defra, the Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive says it wants to restore the global old growth forest starting with exact genetic duplicates of the largest champion redwood trees in the world during the annual Earth Day.
The planting of the saplings will be taking place across the world.
Hugh said: "It's a massive project. What's behind it is environmental and ecological importance.
"Trees do perform a vitally important role in the local ecological system. They are the largest living entities and have the ability to sustain environments.
He added: "I'm very excited – I'm delighted to be able to take part in this."