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Find out all about the Ancient Tree Hunt from the Woodland Trust

What is the Ancient Tree Hunt?

Ancient trees are living relics of incredible age that inspire in us feelings of awe and mystery. They have helped shape our history, and will help shape our future if we let them.

The Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) is a living database of ancient trees. The ATH began in 2004, as a joint venture with the Tree Register of the British Isles and the Ancient Tree Forum. By October 2011, over 100,000 hand-picked trees had been recorded across the UK.

There are still lots of amazing ancient trees still to be discovered and recorded as they can be found anywhere and everywhere. If you find a tree that is not on the map then please add it and upload an image as well. The growing database will give us a much better understanding of the number of ancient trees across the UK. Recording them is the first step towards cherishing and caring for them.

The tree information can be used locally or nationally to highlight the importance of trees, promote their value and encourage their conservation.You can also find details of ancient trees near where you live or places that you visit frequently.

Trees that are publicly accessible are indicated on the map by a green icon with a white tree symbol. (You may still need to enquire whether there are special opening times or entry charges.)

For more information, please contact:
The Ancient Tree Hunt

People hunting for Ancient Trees. Photo: Jon Parsons

Fun hunting for trees