Ancient Tree Hunt

The Ancient Tree Hunt: contribute to The Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) which is a living database of ancient trees. In 2011 over 100,000 hand-oicked trees had been recorded across the UK. Still many remain unrecorded. ATH wants people to discover and record trees which aren’t on the map to be added, along with a photo to be added to the database. ‘Recording them is the first step towards cherishing them and caring for them. The database can be used locally or internationally to highlight the importance of trees, promote their value and encourage their conservation. Also the database is available for people to look at the details of ancient trees near where they live/visit regularly. There is an interactive map, maps and reports based on the database, tree profiles and tree search.

"The term ‘ancient tree’ encompasses:- Trees of interest biologically, aesthetically or culturally because of their great age- Trees in the ancient or third and final stage of their life- Trees that are the old relative to others of the same species" Ancient trees are classified depending on their size and age. Ancient trees include Oak, Beech, Scots Pine, Rowan, Birch, Hawthorn, Cedar of Lebanon, Field Maple, Sweet chestnut and Ash
Vascular plants?
Farmland, Grassland, Heathland, Woodland
UK wide
UK wide
Woodland Trust & In partnership with Country Living magazine.
Funding body:
The National Lottery, Heritage Fund, Esmée Fairbairn, Scottish Natural Heritage and Environment and Heritage Service
How to take part:
Sightings can be submitted all year

How to get involved

Take part in the Ancient Tree Hunt by finding, measuring and recording ancient trees – you can either spot them while you are out and about, or perhaps you already know about one in your local community, or even have one in your garden. Upload your pictures and stories about ancient trees. Or simply tell us when you have visited an ancient tree. Become an Ancient Tree Guardian to help us unlock matched funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Related info

1) ‘Tree of the month’ 2) A database of an interactive map, data reports, tree profiles and tree search

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