Ancient trees can be defined as trees that have lived beyond their normal, natural life expectancy. They tend to be of massive girth with squat gnarled form. They are often stag-headed following crown dieback and have decayed interiors. This complex physical form which contains splits, cracks, water pockets and rot provides an innumerable variety of microhabitats. These harbour a diverse population of dependent organisms.
In view of the cultural, historical and ecological significance of ancient trees, steps have recently been taken to record and conserve our present population and manage the unique habitats they provide.
We have a great deal of experience in researching, preserving and restoring ancient trees and their associated landscape.
We can offer training in valuing and managing ancient and veteran trees.