SPECIMENS of trees grown on Prince Charles’ land on the fringes of the Forest of Dean could be used to save Britain’s woodlands from destruction by ash dieback.

It is understood that eight ash trees from Harewood Park, near Ross-on-Wye, have been chosen as part of a project to grow “super ash trees” and have been chosen for their size, diversity and robustness.

Around 400 trees have been chosen from private estates by the Earth Trust, Future Trees Trust and the Forestry Commission.

Branches from the top 100 trees are being grafted onto root stock and grown and will be tested to find strains resistant to ash dieback.