Today, #British #oaks
from some of the UK’s most famous estates could contribute towards the rebuilding of #NotreDame #cathedral
, following an offer from members of #Historic
So far more than one hundred donor estates, including @BelvoirCastle
, Hutton-in-the-Forest, @SconePalace
, and @FirlePlace
(named after the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘oak #woodland
’), have volunteered valuable #trees
, planted for #timber
centuries ago, as a gift from the UK to #France
for the restoration of the #iconic #landmark
’s roof, destroyed by #fire
earlier this week.
Given that the construction of the original roof in the twelfth century is estimated to have required 1,300 mature oaks, the donors are well aware that their contribution could only provide a fraction of what’s needed, but they hope the gesture will inspire others.
James Birch, owner of @DoddingtonHall
, one of the estates that has pledged timber, and President of Historic Houses, said, ‘The fire at Notre Dame is a terrible tragedy. It is also a reminder of how our great buildings provide a cultural back drop to everyday life that is often only recognised when they are threatened.
The trees, from #sustainable #forestry
and already destined for use as commercial timber, are estimated to have a combined market value of well over £100,000. But the donors are keen to emphasise that the timbers used in buildings like Notre Dame are about something that money alone can’t buy.
The Duke of Rutland, who first suggested it to other @HistoricHouses
members said: ‘The trees in the original roof at Notre Dame probably started growing over a thousand years ago. We’re able to donate replacements because my great-great-grandfather had the foresight to #plant
trees that would only be valuable long after he died. And in turn we’ll replant every tree we fell – someone will need them for something in another few hundred years. It’s a reminder of how important it is to both look after and renew our #heritage
resources. In our business you have to plan in centuries, not years.’ Read the full article on our website. Image: Belvoir Castle.