Britain's Prince Charles wants public support for new trees in Regents Park.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles

The 66-year-old royal is calling on people to help the restoration of Cherry Tree Avenue on Chester Road which was originally planted 40 years ago and many of the blossom trees have come to the end of their natural life-span.

He said: "Historic avenues of trees are one of the things that make the Parks so special, which is why I am so pleased to support the Royal Parks Foundation's vision to restore the Cherry Tree Avenue in The Regent's Park."

The Prince of Wales is a Royal Patron of the Foundation and wants people to make a donation or dedicate a new cherry tree.

A keen environmentlist, Charles believes the splash of colour the trees add to the royal parks lifts spirits and brings pleasure to visitors each season.

He said: "The proposed planting will bring pink tinted blossom in the spring and yellow-golden leaves to lift the spirits every autumn. I am sure the many visitors to the park will derive great pleasure from this changing spectacle of the seasons."

50 trees and £100,000 has already been pledged to the cause.

Regent's Park began the tradition in the 1930s, when Queen Mary's Rose Garden was created with donations from the artist Sigismund Goetze.

In 1978 the last cherry tree (Prunus 'Kanzan') was planted on Chester Road and removed in February of this year.

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