Six trees planted at Markenfield Hall

Markenfield Hall owner Ian Curteis with one of the Princeton elms.
Markenfield Hall owner Ian Curteis with one of the Princeton elms.
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Half a dozen fine trees have been planted along a medieval track in Ripon to commemorate the Prince of Wales’s visit to Markenfield Hall.

The 12ft American elms have been built along the public bridleway from Ripon, along the former main road through the fields at the hall. The trees have been planted to commemorate Prince Charles’s visit to Markenfield in 2007, when he talked enthusiastically about the species of trees. He was also the first person to plant them in England, at Highgrove.

The trees are a gift to the hall from volunteer steward Sheila Macdonald.

Mrs Macdonald told the Gazette: “Markenfield has given me so much and I wanted to give something back.”

The Princeton elms are the only elms known to be resistant to the deadly Dutch elm disease, which devastated the English countryside 40 years ago.

When mature, the elms will closely resemble the fine tall English elms which have been extinct for 40 years.