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Ancient trees and European law

What European laws can help protect ancient trees?

To protect ancient trees, the Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum also want the European Union to -

  • allow The Natura 2000 designation to be extended to includes sites with ancient trees, as already happens in Scandinavia
  • review the species associated with ancient trees and schedule the most threatened under the EU Habitats Directive
  • make ancient trees a European cultural sustainability indicator
  • encourage landscapes with ancient trees, such as wood pasture or ancient hedgerows, to be included in national, regional and community cultural strategies