04 June 2019
OPHEUSDEN, Netherlands: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited Dutch tree nursery Volentis in Opheusden on Wednesday 29th May 2019. The nursery is one of the hundred and fifty members of Tree Centre Opheusden (TCO), a regional tree grower organisation defending the interest of the industry.
It is surely no coincidence that the royal visit was invited to visit Opheusden as TCO ranks among one of the major tree growing areas in the Netherlands. Member growers are proud of their increasingly automised production process while they play an important role in providing trees that can help mitigate climate change.
Harm Willemsen (aged 25), deputy director of tree nursery Volentis, explained to a well-informed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima why his trees enjoy such a high demand around the world.
TCO sees the royal visit as an important recognition for the industry as a whole. The royal couple did not go home empty-handed. On behalf of TCO and Volentis, they were presented with three Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’ that has uniquely orangey red stems that glow firey orange throughout the winter.