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mapping the UK's ancient
& special trees

The Ancient Tree Inventory is a living database of ancient and special trees. More than 110,000 trees have been recorded by volunteers and partners.

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Woodland Trust

Why do we need a Register of Trees of National Special Interest?

Very Important Trees

Unlike historical buildings, some of our oldest living monuments can lack real protection and their value to the nation is not officially recognised.

Many of our precious trees are also cultural icons. They are living monuments, witnesses to our history and they should be respected and celebrated for their national value.

Find out more about why this campaign is so important and the progress that we have made so far.

Help us secure the future of Very Important Trees in...

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Planning and forestry are devolved matters across the UK, so there needs to be a national list or a register in each country.

In partnership with Country Living magazine.

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Wood Wise – citizen science

Wood Wise

This issue looks at a variety of citizen science projects; like high-energy Bioblitz events, monitoring climate change impacts, recording seasonal change and activities to protect our trees from pests and disease.


10m tree found in the Brecon Beacons

10m tree in the Brecon Beacons

It’s not every day you stumble across a previously unrecorded ancient oak with a girth of 10m, but this is exactly what happened to Bruce McDonald and his friend.

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Record trees on the ATH database

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You can search the AT Inventory for ancient trees using road maps, OS 1:25000 or historic OS maps, as well as aerial satellite layers for even more detail.

Navigate using zoom or search with postcode, town/city or grid reference.

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