The Duke of Kent travelled to Leicestershire on Wednesday to visit the National Park Forest. Half of the 200-acre park is located in Leicestershire. His Royal Highness met park rangers, staff, and park volunteers, planted an oak tree and signed the visitors’ book.
He was in the county to see the progress made on the National Forest Project. Sir William Worsley, chairman of the National Forest Company, and John Everitt, its chief executive welcomed The Duke to the Visitors centre at Bradgate Park.
HRH also met with representatives of the Bradgate Park Trust, National Forest Way rangers, and volunteers from Heartwood community wood fuel group.
Sir William told the Leicester Mercury: “It was a great pleasure to show the Duke what has been achieved over the last quarter century in creating the National Forest and to showcase the spectacular Charnwood landscape.”
Half of the 200 square miles of the National Forest fall within Leicestershire.
The Duke was accompanied on his visit by the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton accompanied the Duke during his visit. She had this to say: “Leicestershire is rightly proud of the National Forest, with Bradgate Park being one of the jewels in the crown of this ambitious national project.”
Mr Everitt added: “The Duke’s visit highlights the focus the National Forest Company places on Charnwood Forest and how new tree planting, management of different habitats and enabling access is benefiting wildlife and people in this very special part of the Forest.”
Bradgate Park was first enclosed 800 years ago to allow deer to graze. You can hike the more rugged landscape or walk the paved portion of the park. There are places to picnic and just enjoy the scenery.