Ancient Trees of Aldbury Common Guided Walk

Take a trip back in time to explore the landscape of Aldbury Common and how it has changed over the last 400 years. Once a grazed 'wood pasture', the signs of the past are everywhere - if you know where to look.

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A veteran oak tree in Aldbury Common
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Uncovering history

Aldbury Common is one of the best places on the estate to see the signs of a shift from open-grown to woodland landscape. Our walk leaders will help you spot some of the oldest veteran trees in this area, some of which are up to 500 years-old.

Many of these 'open-grown' trees now found throughout the woodland have certain traits which suggest that this common once looked very different. This fascinating guided walk will teach you how to read a landscape and uncover the stories the trees tell. 

Caring for ancient trees at Ashridge
Visitors take part in a guided walk
Caring for ancient trees at Ashridge


For the smaller things in life

Discover firsthand from the rangers whether there is any truth in the saying 'there's more life in a dead tree than a living one' (hint: there is!). Our knowledgeable walk leaders will be able to tell you about some of the creatures that take up residence in deadwood habitat, and how those living at Ashridge are nationally important. Learn how we are working hard to look after this important habitat as well as the wider Aldbury Common landscape. 

Don't miss out!

The Ancient Trees of Aldbury Common Walk takes place on Saturday 30 September from 11am-1pm. Tickets cost just £8 for adults and £5 for children. Booking is essential and tickets are limited, so don't miss your chance to take part in this exciting event. Tickets can be booked by ringing 01442 851227 or by popping into the visitor centre. 

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