Heritage trees

It is thought that the National Trust cares for more ancient trees than any other individual owner.

A bold claim, but managing such historically important trees as Newton’s Apple, which triggered the great scientist to create his laws on gravity, the Tolpuddle Martyrs tree, under which the first trade union was formed, or the original Irish Yew, which has produced every other Irish Yew in the world, you can see why we can make this claim.

Visit some ancient trees on one of our specially created walks.

Huge collection

In addition to the historically notable trees, we own a vast number of ancient and veteran trees:

  • The 2,500-year-old Ankerwyke Yew near Runnymede is thought to be the oldest, but there are many others with significantly venerable ages.
  • Calke Abbey has two magnificent contorted and gnarly 1,000-year-old Oaks, both true living sculptures, as well as another which is a mere 800 years old.
  • At Hatfield Forest, which is the best-preserved medieval hunting forest in all of Europe, you can see hundreds of ancient pollards - trees which have had their tops cut off on a regular cycle for fuel wood, tool handles or fodder at around 2.4 metres (8ft) to prevent regrowth being eaten by deer or cattle.

Find out more about the trees

No matter where you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, there will be one of our gardens or estates near you with fantastic old trees. Why not see if you can discover some for yourself?

Cadbury generously support ancient tree work of the National Trust.