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Sovereign Coppice

Sovereign Coppice - photograph by Kathryn GravesThis relatively young group of trees was planted in 1992 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. In an original twist on commemorative planting the trees were laid out so that they will form the shape of a crown once they are fully grown, as a living reminder of the occasion they were planted for.

This unique design was the brainwave of local tree warden Roy Ambrose, and the trees were planted by then-Mayor Councillor Andrew Ketteringham in November 1992 as part of National Tree Week. The copse comprises 40 trees in total, one for each of the Queen's first 40 years as head of state, consisting of 12 different native species. 

Sovereign Coppice - photograph by Kathryn GravesThe copse is situated within Lowndes Park, with fantastic views across the Chilterns. The spot is a favourite amongst dog walkers, and is particularly impressive in the spring, when yellow daffodils call to mind the crown the trees have been planted to resemble.

Chesham isn't the only place in the Chilterns to boast trees planted in an interesting shape; have you seen the Henley Cross?


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