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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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- help tree protection
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Celebrate and protect the UK's

Very Important Trees

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Together with Country Living magazine we are calling for a national register to classify, celebrate and protect the UK's most important and best-loved trees.

Our oldest trees are natural miracles. These majestic specimens can live for hundreds, sometimes thousands of years and support an incredible amount of wildlife. They are also a vital part of our history and heritage, with amazing stories to tell. These are our Very Important Trees (V.I.Trees), better known as Trees of Special Interest.

The majority of Northern Europe's special trees are here in the UK. But unlike historic buildings, these living monuments have little recognition or protection and risk being lost without a trace.

We are calling for a national tree register to celebrate these natural wonders and protect them from harm for the rest of their days. Planning and forestry are devolved matters across the UK, so there needs to be a national list or a register in each country.

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

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In partnership with Country Living magazine.

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Event 6th June: Identifying and Recording veteran trees

Location: Bushy Park Middlesex

This is a free course brought to you by the Ancient Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust. It's aimed at those who are interested in learning how to recognise and identify veteran trees, and recording the data. Find out more and book your place here.

Wood Wise: Spring 2014 Issue

Ancient Trees

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This special issue looks at the ecology of ancient and veteran trees, work to identify and protect them, and examines what the future holds.


Highlights from the Ancient Tree Inventory

Tree of the Month Jan 2015

Finding the largest Horse chestnut in Britain was the unexpected result of the veteran tree survey carried out by the National Trust, in partnership with the Ancient Tree Inventory, at Hughenden Manor in Buckinghamshire.

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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.

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