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Places with ancient trees

Hainault Forest – London

Forming part of a ring of sites that circle London and are famous for ancient trees, Hainault Forest managed by the Woodland Trust, has thousands of veteran hornbeam pollards and some ancient oaks. The hornbeams may have survived because the capital’s bakers used the wood from these trees to make bread. It was highly prized because the way it burned in the ovens, made the bread taste particularly good.

Glen Finglas – Scotland

Lying in the heart of the Trossachs National park, Glen Finglas, the Woodland Trusts largest site, is famous for its ‘bicycle tree’. Part of an old bike is embedded in a tree and cannot be removed. Old alder pollards, ancient birches and strange shaped old hazels are also scattered across the mountains.

The Punchbowl – Wales

A spectacular site, The Punchbowl in Wales, is dominated by a large, wooded glacial or ‘cwm’ containing a manmade lake. The slopes of the cwm are made up of wood pasture with old beech trees, many of which are over 200 years old. Ancient ash, sessile oak and rowan, are also found in the site, which has the distinction of being one of the highest altitude ancient semi-natural woods in Britain.

Cadora Wood – the Wye Valley

Within the striking landscape of the lower Wye Valley Cadora Wood, despite being planted with conifers, still contains remnants of ancient woodland and is particularly rich in old trees. Beautiful lime pollards can be found within the woodland and through careful management are now being released from the suffocating blanket of conifers surrounding them.

The McCartney Oak - Northern Ireland

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All the sites mentioned above are freely open to the public. For more details, please visit the Woodland Trust's our woods website.