Volentis Welcome Dutch Royal Couple
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited tree nursery Volentis in Opheusden in the province of Gelderland, Netherlands last week (29 May).
The nursery is one of the hundred and fifty members of Tree Centre Opheusden (TCO), an organization that brings together tree growers from the river area in the Netherlands.
Major Growing Region
It is no coincidence that the province of Gelderland proposed Tree Centre Opheusden for the Royal visit. The tree nursery sector in Opheusden and the surrounding area has undergone major development in recent years.
The growers in the area have formed a strong organization. Many processes are mechanized with innovative systems and the growers play a major role with so-called climate trees. These trees are chosen for the changing climate – namely warmer weather, heavier rainfall and urban areas getting hotter.
Orange Linden Trees
The royal couple naturally did not go home empty-handed. On behalf of TCO and Volentis, they received three grafts of 'Winter Orange', a variety of linden tree, so called because of the orange glow of the twigs in winter.