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

Rowe's Flashe Lake and oathouse at Winkworth Aboretum, Surrey in autumn
A National Trust ranger overseeing the measuring of the girth of a beech tree on the Tyntesfield estate

Old, but not forgotten 

Gnarled, knobbly and centuries old, Bristol's ancient trees make the perfect home for all sorts of wildlife. Find out how rangers are preserving these veteran woodlands for years to come.

The ancient Ankerwycke Yew tree

Ancient trees Q&A 

What's the difference between an ancient tree and a veteran tree? And where's the best place to spot old trees? Our ancient trees adviser explains.

Plant life
The long, double herbaceous borders running down to the pond at Upton House, Warwickshire.

Looking after Upton's famous borders 

Since July 2017, the team at Upton House and Gardens have been working hard to restore the famous double herbaceous border.

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.

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.

Our landscapes

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