staying at a B&B recently, I came across a huge old oak tree in the
grounds. It was all wizened, gnarled
and knobbly and had obviously stood there for hundreds of years. It set
me thinking about what momentous events this tree must have lived
Ancient trees are living relics of incredible age, worthy of as much protection as any other ancient monument or historic building, not least because they provide homes for a host of wildlife, including
many rare and threatened species.
However, in order to protect them, we need to know where they all are.
That's why, we've just launched one of our most ambitious projects ever, to find and record every ancient tree in the UK. But we need your help to do so.
Please look out for ancient trees near you and tell us about them via our new
Ancient Tree Hunt website, because the more trees we find, the more we can campaign to protect them.
It's really easy; the website gives step by step instructions about recording your favourite trees, including how to tell if a tree is truly ancient using the three hugs method.
Sue Holden, chief executive
PS We're still urgently raising funds to secure Brede High Woods. If
you haven't yet watched our video appeal (below) please take a
moment to do so.