Ancient Tree Guide no.7: Ancient Trees for the Future
Ancient and veteran trees are rich reservoirs of biodiversity and they are cultural icons.
In the UK we are fortunate to have many such trees in our landscape. There has, however, been a significant loss of these trees because of the disappearance or neglect of commons, tradtional orchards and parkland since the 1850s and the removal of hedgerows.
This guide by the Ancient Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust is primarily for landowners and professionals who want to establish trees that can develop full, open crowns and live long enough to become ancient. These will be in landscapes that are kept open by grazing animals and are the most important today for wildlife associated with the ancient and veteran trees.