Ancient Tree Hunt

Loverly Old tree! Parliament Oak, Sherwood ForestWhat a fabulous way to spend your day!

 Ancient Tree Hunt

 Ancient trees are living relics of incredible age that inspire in us feelings of awe and mystery. They have helped shape our history, and will help shape our future if we let them. Can you help us to reveal their secrets, discover the wildlife they sustain and unlock their stories gathered over centuries?

The Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) involves thousands of people in finding and mapping all the fat, old trees across the UK and is right at the heart of the Woodland Trust’s ancient tree conservation work. It will create a comprehensive living database of ancient trees and it’s the first step towards cherishing and caring for them.

The ATH began in 2004, as a joint venture with the Tree Register of the British Isles and the Ancient Tree Forum, and has already collected more than 6,000 records. Now, thanks to additional funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, it is stepping up a gear and, with your help and the assistance of many partner organisations, we aim to record at least 100,000 ancient trees throughout the UK by 2011.

This will give us a much better understanding of the number and size of ancient trees across the UK. You can also find details of ancient trees near where you live or places that you visit frequently.

The database will make it clear which of these trees you can easily visit. (For sites that are accessible, you may still need to enquire whether there are special opening times or entry charges.)

Ancient trees are found anywhere and everywhere – so this is a treasure hunt that everyone can take part in.

have a look at one of my favourites sections the  Fab Interactive Map Here

 Interesting to see how people are doing this…  and with over 4000 trees mapped, how easy it would be for us to do soemthing similar??   Its a good idea…  and no shame in nicking borrowing reusing a good idea.

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