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:

Friday 22nd September 2017

ATF Devon visit to Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle at Kenton, near Exeter, is situated on the Exe estuary. The deer park contains a diverse range of veteran trees - principally oak, lime and plane - and is home to around 600 fallow deer. 

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Ancient and Other Veteran Trees

Book by the Ancient Tree Forum & the Woodland Trust

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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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