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Thank you National Trust

The National Trust now has more than 20,000 trees on the ATI making them the largest contributing organisation and the landowner with the largest number of veteran trees on the ATI.

A remarkable 26,500 trees have been recorded by the National Trust with a possible 30,000 expected in total as property managers complete veteran tree surveys. NT staff and volunteers have worked hard to complete this mammoth task and currently 20,000 records have been uploaded onto the ATI making the National Trust the largest contributing organisation and the landowner with the largest number of veteran trees on the ATI.

The surveying and training of recorders has been lead by Brian Muelaner (now retired) who describes his ten favourite ancient tree sites as Calke Abbey, Derbyshire; Croft Castle, Herefordshire; Crom, Co.Fermanagh; Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire; Dunham Massey, Cheshire; Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, North Yorkshire; Hatfield Forest, Essex; Honicote Estate, Somerset; Killerton, Devon and Petworth, West Sussex. Descriptions of these sites and video’s walking amongst the trees with Brian can be seen here. The largest number of trees recorded during their surveys has been on the Ashridge Estate, Buckinghamshire, where 3,600 trees, mostly veteran beech, were recorded by National Trust volunteers.

One of the largest and probably oldest trees recorded by the NT is the Ankerwycke Yew on the Runnymede estate, which this year will be a big part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of signing the Magna Carter, Fears over the potential damage caused by compaction around this tree due to a sudden increase in visitors has prompted much debate and research. Read this blog by Senior Ranger Jim Smith-Wright.