Help us to protect ancient and veteran trees

Ancient and other veteran trees are a vital and treasured part of our history, and our natural and cultural landscape, and Britain is thought to have the greatest number of ancient trees in northern Europe. The
Ancient Tree Forum seeks to secure the long term future of these ecosystems through promoting best management and conservation practice, lobbying governments over their recognition and protection, encouraging research, and increasing people’s enjoyment of old trees.

Find an ancient tree or site to visit

Explore the many individual ancient trees of interest, treescapes & famous old trees around Britain:

Thursday 13th July 2017

ATF Summer conference 2017 at Epping Forest

Epping view in autumn colours by Jeremy Dagley for website

Booking is now open for the 2017 summer conference which will be held at Gilwell Park and Epping Forest.

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Ancient and Other Veteran Trees

Book by the Ancient Tree Forum & the Woodland Trust

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Featured Video:

Veteran tree management


A series of videos produced by the VETree project to encourage good practice in the management of veteran trees.

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