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18th February 2016

Report on ancient and veteran tree recording in 2015

by Hannah Solloway

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In 2015 the 150,000th tree was recorded to the Ancient Tree Inventory, and the year ended with a total of 150,189 trees being recorded to this vital database of records of ancient, veteran and notable trees. A breakdown of records has now been published in a report produced by the Tree Register and the Ancient Tree Inventory Partnership.

The Ancient Tree Inventory 2015 Annual Report highlights the importance of the database, with 70% of the data recorded considered to be of national and international importance. Ancient, veteran and trees of over 4.7m girth are of national importance and are used to assess the importance of a site using Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) guidelines. It also breaks down and analyses the data, and highlights key achievements and training events.

The data recorded to the Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) is critical as we need to know where our ancient and veteran trees are in order to be able to protect them. The data is freely available on the Ancient Tree Hunt website, and the ATF actively promotes and encourages recording, particularly through the activities of its local groups.

Posted by: Hannah Solloway Hannah is the Development Officer for the Ancient Tree Forum.

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