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Ancient Tree Guide no.2: Trees in historic parks and landscape gardens

atf-guide2“At least since Shakespeare, we have loved the beauty and mystery of ancient trees…and have preserved them to give dignity to new parks.”

Parks have been a status symbol from mediaeval times when they were originally places that were enclosed to keep deer. They were commissioned and subsequently cared for by many generations of families, often those of influence and wealth.

This guide by the Ancient Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust discusses how ancient trees contribute to ‘the air of respectable antiquity’ and add a distinctive quality to our landscapes that helps to distinguish them from much of Northern Europe.