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Highways England wants to cut Queen Elizabeth's tree to build highway

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Staff Writer | August 25, 2017
Queen Elizabeth's tree
Britain   The tree faces axe

A tree planted by Queen Elizabeth in 1977 to mark her silver jubilee will be chopped down along with an area of ancient woodland under plans for a new highway.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched a petition in a bid to save one of the Britain's most horticulturally important gardens at Wiseley in Surrey which is under threat from a plan by Highways England plans to widen the A3 highway.

The RHS says the threat to the Grade II site could be the ultimate garden grab, saying more than 10,000 square meters of woodland could be lost and more than 500 trees destroyed at the garden site which attracts more than 1.2 million visitors a year.

As well as the Queen's tree, a number of giant redwood and endangered species of trees are also threatened.

Highways England has produced two alternative plans for the multi-million dollar road widening scheme, including one that sweeps through the Wiseley Gardens.

The RHS is best known as organisers of the world's most famous horticultural event, the annual Chelsea Flower Show.

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