Lime tree avenue re-formed on Lord Cowdray’s estate to celebrate Queen’s diamond jubilee

AN AVENUE of 60 lime trees has been planted on Lord Cowdray’s estate as a tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The saplings follow the line of a public footpath from Stewards Pond, near Benbow Pond, to Long Copse, where Lodsworth and Easebourne parish boundaries meet at the far end of Cowdray golf course.

The new planting caught the eye of Wendy Trafford as she walked her dog along the path.

The estate’s head forester, Donald Macdonald, said the avenue was recreating a line of trees which had once stood on the route.

“Old trees from 150 years ago possibly suggest there was an avenue of limes there before.

“Three trees at the south-west end are all that remain in existence from those days,” he explained.

“The new trees have been planted to commemorate 60 years of the Queen’s reign. It is our contribution to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

“No doubt, should she reign for another ten years, we will have to extend it,” he added.

The young saplings stand 6ft-7ft tall at the moment. They are protected by cages to prevent damage by cattle and ponies which graze the pastureland.

Mr Macdonald said the Royal Forestry Society had encouraged all big estates and woodland owners to do something to mark the jubilee, but it had been a long tradition on the Cowdray Estate.

For full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer February 2