Trees & plants

We care for 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) of woodland, 135 wild landscape sites and more than 200 gardens, and have as many wonderful stories to tell

The avenue of trees with mist and sunshine
Tree stories
Dovedale features important woodlands

Tackling ash dieback in Dovedale 

The ancient and atmospheric 'ravine woodlands' of the Peak District are some of the most important woodlands in the country, with some trees dating back to the last ice age. But these forest veterans are facing a deadly threat from a fungal disease called ash dieback. Find out how our rangers are meeting the threat head-on.

Visitors in the forest at Cragside, Northumberland

Conserving Captain Fitzroy's Conifer 

The graceful conifers, brought to England in the 19th century, are the focus of a collaborative conservation effort.

Plant life
Stephen Herrington

An expedition to restore historical gardens 

Head gardeners Stephen Herrington and Neil Porteous this year headed for Tasmania on an expedition to restore their collections to their former glory.

Plants on a market stall

Conserving plants with a story to tell 

Caring for the our garden plants takes understanding, science and a very long view. Plants are among the most vulnerable of our possessions requiring attention and expertise.

Palm House

Five plants that changed Britain's gardens 

Adventurous 'plant-hunters' of the 18th and 19th centuries scoured the land in search of exotic and unusual trees and flowers. While they may not seem out of the ordinary today, these five plants have transformed British gardens.

Our landscapes

We value our landscape and as one of the UK’s largest landowners, keep our land accessible for future generations.