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Histrees Project

The Histree trails of the Isle of Wight


The Isle of Wight’s 8 Histree Trails are the culmination of almost two years of working with the community and local groups surveying, recording and researching the Island’s most impressive trees.

Each trail is accompanied by a leaflet which includes a colourful map, a species identification key and trail text. You are taken on a tour of some the Islands finest and most historic trees. You can find out how the trees relate to their local landscape, how they came to be there, the traditional uses and their natural heritage….every tree tells a story.

Explore the wonderful snaking boughs of the Dragon Tree, cascading canopy of the Umbrella Tree; venerable Bound Oaks, gnarled old Yews and even a tree with a mysterious tree with a ghostly past.

The trails range in length and difficulty from shorter town trails taking in street and park trees, circular rural routes through ancient woodland to the more challenging cross-Island trail. Nest boxes have been constructed by local young people to help waymark the feature trees on each trail assisting with identification.

Pick up free copies of the Histree Trail leaflets from Island public libraries and Tourist Information Centres or for more information see www.histreetrail.com/trails where all 8 trails are available as downloads.

The project will be adding all of the veteran and ancient trees that they discover on the island, into the Ancient Tree Hunt.

One of the Histree trails' famous trees, The Bound oak, Nunwell. Photo ATH/Tina Williamson.