Chris Packham and 100 children to deliver re-wilding petition to Buckingham Palace

Wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham and more than 100 children will petition Buckingham Palace urging the royal family to rewild their lands.

Accompanied by their parents, the activists will carry the wild card campaign petition signed by 100,000 people to the palace today (Saturday) at 10 a.m. from Green Park Underground Station in central London.

They are led by a jazz band, and participants include the choir SOS From The Kids, who performed a song on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019.

The broadcaster Mr. Packham will give a speech in front of the palace, while a four-meter-high sculpture of a white stork carries a huge envelope in its beak, symbolizing the petition.

The wild card campaign calls on the royal family, who allegedly owns 1.4 percent of the land in the UK, to protect the natural environment on their properties before appearing as ambassadors at the Cop26 climate summit in November.

Building on an open letter to the Queen sent in June by more than 100 scholars and celebrities including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Kate Humble and Anita Rani, the petition sheds light on issues with royal land.

The campaign says that the average tree population in the European Union is 37 percent, but the Duchy of Cornwall property owned by the Prince of Wales has only six percent.

Ecologists believe the royal lands would naturally be home to beavers, wolves, bison, wild boars, pine martens and white storks that could be introduced if rewilded, activists said.

The wild card campaign generally calls for 50 percent of the UK to be completely rewilded and calls on the royal family, as the UK’s largest landowners, to act first.

Royal territories include the Crown Estate and the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall.

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