10th November 2016
Bronze ancient tree for the Queen
With a little help from Ted Green, the Ancient Tree Forum’s Founder President, a bronze sculpture of a 900 year old oak tree from Windsor Great Park was recently presented to the Queen, to commemorate her contribution to the arts in the year of her 90th birthday.
The ceremony took place at the Royal Academy, where the Queen presented awards to five individuals who have made a national contribution in the fields of visual arts or architecture, including artist Grayson Perry and photographer Martin Parr. Each were given a bronze acorn, also replicas from the Windsor tree.
The ancient tree sculpture was chosen ‘because it symbolises both the longevity of the monarchy and the new pioneering digital technologies, inspiring contemporary creativity’. The small bronze tree was created using new scanning and 3d printing technology which made it possible to scan the oak tree without touching it, and then to produce an exact copy, accurate to the millimetre.
As an ancient tree enthusiast, and Conservation Consultant to the Crown Estate at Windsor, Ted is a member of the Bronze Oak Tree Project team, and attended the London ceremony. The next stage of the project is to take forward Ted’s long-held dream of creating a full-sized sculpture to be created and displayed in a key public place in central London. The idea is to create awareness about the central place of ancient trees in our history, culture and natural heritage and to engage people from cities in their protection. The project is also expected to raise money for charities supporting urban environmental causes.
For Ted, the project is also about celebrating the ancient trees found at Windsor and other royal forests and sites across Britain. ‘These thousand year old oaks represent a biological continuity dating back perhaps only seven generations to the last Ice Age. They are not only of historic interest but are also a valuable part of our cultural heritage. All countries and cities, especially London, have statues to famous people who have played a significant part in their history – we now need a statue to celebrate the service of trees.’