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mapping the UK's ancient
& special trees

The Ancient Tree Hunt 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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Mark Frith's Drawing of the Great Oak at Nibley

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Brian Jones, one of the Ancient Tree Hunt's volunteer verifiers has recently been out to amend the record for this tree. Mark is doing similar studies on about 20 old oaks. You can contact him through his website

ATH Newsletter no.22 October 2013

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Ancient & veteran oak distribution in the UK - an ATH data report

The oak is the quintessential tree of the British Isles and our latest data report gives a good indication of the spread of our ancient and veteran, as well as other notable oaks across the country. 

A very high proportion of Ancient Tree Hunt recorded data are oak trees and the map indicates strong concentrations in those parts of the country we would expect, the woodland and hill areas around central and southern England, and England-Wales border hill country. The map also represents the incredible recording commitment of various groups so some of the data concentration is also a manifestation of these groups' and partner organisations' activities. If your oaks aren't showing up - get recording!"

Ancient & veteran oak distribution in the UK

Highlights from the Ancient Tree Hunt database

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Another of the beautiful Cadzow oaks in South Lanarkshire - recorded by intrepid Judy Dowling

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