Veteran Tree Hunt definitions

  • An Ancient tree is one which is in its final stage of life. As longevity amongst tree species is so varied giving an exact age is problematic. For example, an ancient oak may be 1000 years old, a yew 3000 years, but a silver birch just 60 years.   Basically, if a tree is an exceptional size for its species, then there is every chance it is an ancient tree. Ancient trees will be our very biggest and rarest trees.


  • A veteran tree is the ancient tree of the future. They have reached the 'mature' phase of their lives and show signs of hollowing and decay.


  • A notable tree is one of local importance and is a future veteran tree.
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