Seven top trees to see in the Midlands

Large old oak tree agaisnt a blue sky

There is no doubt that nature helps our wellbeing, but when was the last time you walked outside and really looked at the trees around you? Across the Midlands we have some particularly special trees; one inspired one of the most important scientific theories to date.

Next time you're out in nature, we encourage you to take note of all of the trees around you. Listen to the crunch of the fallen leaves, feel the bumps of the bark and take a moment to appreciate the great outdoors. 

These are just a few of the ancient and notable trees that we look after. Hundreds of our volunteers and staff have spent years identifying these trees at places we look after and we’ve recorded over 30,000 so far.

Old trees have no formal recognition (unlike listed buildings), so our survey, along with work being carried out by the Woodland Trust, will raise the profile of these species-rich habitats which are examples of living archaeology.

Seven trees to look out for

  • The Yew tree on the Doric Lawn at Shugborough Estate has a circumference of almost 200 metres. This is around the size of the Albert Hall and is possibly the widest in Europe.
  • Calke Abbey has two magnificent contorted and gnarly 1,000-year-old oaks, both true living sculptures, as well as another which is 800 years old.
  • Croft Castle has a beautiful avenue of ancient Sweet Chestnut Trees that you can wander through.
  • The apple tree at Isaac Newton's home, Woolsthorpe, inspired the great mathematian to invent the laws of gravity.
  • Belton boasts of the tallest Sugar Maple in the UK. This wonderful tree measures a massive 22m high.
  • There is an oak at Croome Court that has a 9m girth, not too far off their Rotunda.
  • Sudbury Hall and Musuem of Childhood have the oldest Cedar tree in the Trust's care. It was planted in the 1670s and you can spot it to the side of the Hall.
" I would recommend everyone takes time out of a busy day to get to know a tree; study its form, its textures, its sounds, try and spot what lives on it. I think we could learn a lot from trees if only we asked the right questions."
- Andrew Wyllie, Trees and Woodland Adviser

Watch these videos to find out more


Find out about Croft Castle's sweet chesnuts

Brian Muelaner explores the Sweet Chestnut avenues of Croft Castle in Herefordshire.


Newton’s Apple, Woolshorpe Manor, Lincolnshire

Learn about Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, and how it still endures.