Did you know that the Woodland Trust operate an Ancient Tree project which aims to record the UK’s tree heritage?


It is estimated that the UK’s trees account for as much as 80% of all northern Europe’s ancient trees and some of our oak and yew trees are over a thousand years old. The Woodland Trust’s national tree database records these ancient, veteran and notable trees, mapping our unique tree heritage and hopefully better protecting them from increasing threats from development, poor management and illegal felling.

So how do we categorize notable trees?

There are three categories of trees: ancient trees are those of a great age which are important biologically, culturally and also on aesthetic grounds; veteran trees have reached maturity and provide vital habitats for wildlife and fauna; and notable trees are those that have a local or personal significance or are rare species, particularly fine specimens of species, or maturing trees which with care will become veteran trees of the future.

Andrew Bowman-Shaw of Tree and Woodland is passionate about our trees.

“Our significant trees are a vital part of our national heritage and can be found in urban as well as countryside settings. Our work with local authorities, developers, and landowners helps them to identify key trees and find out how best to preserve them and the habitats they create.”

For more information on our ancient and important trees or to add a tree to the database visit http://www.ancient-tree-hunt.org.uk/project/hunt


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