English translation: protected heritage/ancient trees
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It is thought that the National Trust cares for more ancient trees than any other individual owner.
A large proportion of the woodlands we manage are ancient sites. Some are likely to have links right back to the wildwood that colonised the UK following the retreat of the last ice age some 12,000 years ago.
Some of the species of trees that grow on our shores have life spans that stretch across millennia. Yews can live for several thousand years, oak and sweet chestnut for 800 or so. Many other species can live to 400 or 500 years.
...If you fancy walking amongst ancient trees, here are the stories and locations of some of the National Trust’s most famous ancient trees.
Trees that are ancient, champions for their species or have specific historic and
cultural associations are immensely valuable heritage assets and have great public
appeal for people of all ages, backgrounds and origins. The Major Oak at Sherwood
Forest, perhaps the most famous of ancient oak trees is visited by more than
600,000 people a year.
Clusters of ancient trees remain in areas that were previously designated under
Forest Law e.g. the New Forest, Windsor Great Park, Hatfield Forest and the
Woodland Trust’s Hainault Forest and mediaeval parks. Many of these Forests and
parks are a legacy from legislation brought in over a thousand years ago and are
almost unique in a European context. These areas and the rich heritage of trees in
them, attract millions of visitors every year1. http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/ancient-tree-forum/atfnews/...