Just five years after the Ancient Tree Hunt recorded its first tree, the 600 year old Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, it has discovered a 100,000 old trees. The last one being a 200 year old beech tree which was found in the National Trust’s Ashridge Forest.
Brian Muelaner, Ancient Tree Advisor at the National Trust, said: “We are very pleased that Ashridge Estate is the location of the 100,000th tree recorded in the Ancient Tree Hunt but we’re not too surprised as a staggering 3,000 trees from Ashridge have been submitted so far and recording is still taking place. This valiant effort has been achieved by a team of committed volunteers who are systematically surveying the 2,000 hectare estate.”
The UK is rich in ancient trees and you can find one near where you live. There are thousands of ancient trees with stories attached to them. Legend tells us that the Major Oak was the meeting place of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
If your favourite ancient tree is in the Churnet Valley take a series of photographs of it between September 1st, 2011 and August 31st, 2012 and enter them in our photographic competition “A year in the life of the Churnet Valley”.