We like to keep a watch on trees (what a surprise): Prince Charles' lost Cedar of Lebanon, the world's oldest one in Sweden and now: a file on all 20,000 of Britain's oldest trees. Why a file? Because the trees are disappearing due to vandalism, new development and disease. Trees represent a country's heritage and history and it is too easy for them to be destroyed and lost, either by chance or by design. England has some of the oldest trees in Europe, probably due to its temperate climate and rural nature and vast forests owned and used for hunting by the Royal families over the centuries.
The trees would be on a register and categorized according to their age: growing, mature or ancient. One of the trees was the site of Pontius Pilate's birth (a 5,000 year old yew), Elizabeth I had a drink under another in 1573 (pictured) and Dickens used another for inspiration in one of his novels. The work is being done in coordination with the Woodland Trust which campaigns to save ancient woods, the Ancient Tree Forum and the Tree Register. The Register is a fascinating source of photos and information about 150,000 of Britain and Ireland's notable trees. Now that's serious treehugging. :: The Telegraph
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