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Ancient Trees & Sites to Visit
South West England

There are several individual ancient trees of interest, treescapes, and famous old trees in the South West of England.

All these sites are open to the public and we have chosen these as demonstration sites of good management practice. Many have large concentrations of ancient trees but some may be individual trees within already well known sites.


Ashton Court 019 by Chris Knapman

Ashton Court Park

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Bickenhall Old Churchyard, Somerset

Old Disused churchyard with ancient Yew tree and interesting wild flowers.

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Photo by John Smith

Clovelly Court Park, Devon

Oaks. Nationally important site for lichens.

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Crickley Hill, Gloucestershire

Beech pollards and ancient oaks.

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Dunster Park, Somerset

Oaks in medieval deer park.

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Photo by Brian Muelaner

Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire

62 trees recorded including Ash, Beech, Plane, Sycamore and Lime.

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Ethy Oak in the park  by Brian Muelaner

Ethy Park and Woods, Cornwall

Ethy Park Woods has 75 large oaks, ash, plus a beech.

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Forest of Dean, Speech House oaks

A grazed, medieval forest with oak pollards which is rich in uncommon lichens and bryophytes.

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Forthampton oaks

This site has some magnificent ancient oaks with spectacular views to Tewkesbury Abbey

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Holt Forest 02 Hallowing around oak by Brian Muelaner

Holt Forest, Dorset

Medieval forest.

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Horner Wood wood pasture oak pollards

Horner Wood, Somerset

664 trees recorded including Oak, Rowan and Ash.

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Killerton Park Oaks and Killerton house by Brian Muelaner

Killerton Park, Devon

514 trees recorded including Oaks, Sweet Chestnut and Birch.

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Kings barrow beeches Stonehenge by Brian Muelaner cropped for website

Kings Barrow beeches, Wiltshire

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Kingston Lacy 001 Beech Avenue by Brian Muelaner

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

196 trees recorded including 82 Oak pollards and the stunning Beech avenue.

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Lanhydrock Oak in park by Brian Muelaner

Lanhydrock Park, Cornwall

Hundreds of Oak & Beech.

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Leigh Woods Oak pollard

Leigh Woods, Somerset

631 trees recorded including Oak, Lime and several rare endemic Whitebeam.

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By Brian Muelaner

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire

1008 trees recorded including Beech, Ash, Lime, Oak and Hawthorn.

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Prior Park, Somerset

136 trees recorded including Beech, Horse Chestnut and Yew.

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Sherborne Park, Dorset

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Stourhead Landscape garden

Stourhead, Wiltshire

229 trees recorded including Sweet Chestnut, Ash and various Champion trees.

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Bulbarrow yew trunk by Peter Norton cropped for website

The Bulbarrow Yew, Dorset

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Tyntesfield stunning shaped oak with limb loss

Tyntesfield, North Somerset

274 trees recorded including Beech, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Lime and champion rare trees in the Garden.

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Whiddon Veteran beech

Whiddon Park, Devon

294 trees recorded including Oak, Crab Apple, Ash and Beech.

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