Ancient Trees

The UK has a rich tree heritage, with living monuments that mark our passage through history. Some places are better recorded than others, and we want to make sure that Plymouth is well represented.

From time to time, Plymouth Tree Partnership is invited to send people on courses about ancient trees. We also hold talks on ancient trees and there is the beginning of a special interest group linked with the Ancient Tree Forum .

An ancient tree cannot be precisely defined, but there are three chief features:

  • a tree that is interesting biologically, aesthetically or culturally because of its age or stature;
  • a tree in the later stages of its life;
  • a tree that is old relative to others of the same species.

If you know a tree that you think should be celebrated, make sure everyone knows about it. Go to the interactive map at The Woodland Trust’s “Ancient Tree Inventory” to let them know.