On Sunday, 28th June 2015 Torwoodlee Estate was honoured with a visit from His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, who came to plant the last tree in the Halkburn Diamond Jubilee Wood, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant Captain Gerald Maitland Carew.
The Laird of Torwoodlee, Mr James Pringle, and his wife Mrs Alice Pringle were presented to His Royal Highness and together the party walked into the wood to plant an oak sapling grown from a seed from ‘The Old Man of Moccas’ which is an eight hundred year old tree in Herefordshire. The Duke also unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion and both His Royal Highness and Mr Pringle spoke about trees and their place in our lives.
Afterwards, James Pringle said “this was a private visit attended by estate staff and local contractors like Simon Richardson and Cameron Lowrie who were involved in the physical making of the wood. I was especially pleased to see Georgia Wade and Erin Brennan representing Glendinning Primary School and Cameron Lockie and Georgina Pringle from St Mary’s School, Melrose who were among the pupils from five local schools who came to plant the very first trees back in 2012.
“His Royal Highness was kind enough to offer his congratulations on our achievement and I was very happy to see him take plenty of time to greet everyone present and to chat to them about their parts in the project. His Royal Highness could not have been more understanding and supportive of our efforts and his presence was a real encouragement to us all.
“We were delighted to be a part of this project to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and honoured to be able to mark the final chapter of the creation of 60 acres of native woodland in such a charming way.”