Trees & plants

We manage 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) of woodland, 135 landscape sites and over 200 wonderful gardens full of trees and plants to explore and enjoy.

Plants in the Plant Centre
Tree stories
Measuring the champion horse chestnut tree

Our top trees 

We look after thousands of trees in gardens, parks, woods and countryside so it’s not surprising that some are ‘Champion Trees’ – the tallest or thickest of their particular species – as recorded by the Tree Register of the British Isles. We also care for many ‘Notable Trees’ with connections to historical events and famous people. Some of our trees have even had a star turn on the silver screen.

Ancient Trees in Petworth Park

Identifying ancient trees 

We’ve spent years recording ancient trees in the places we look after so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come. Here's a handy guide to identify ancient trees at special places you visit.

View looking up the trunk of a tree

Observatree tree disease early warning system 

Our trees are under unprecedented threat from both new and established pests and diseases.

" Nature plays a central role in my life. Like millions of people I need a daily dose of wild nature and yet the very future of the places and species that we love are under huge pressure."
- Gwen Potter, Area Ranger Ceredigion
Plants on a market stall

Conserving plants with a story to tell 

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

Plants at our places
The Knot Garden at Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

Gardens through the ages 

From the self-sufficient gardens of the medieval period through to the low-maintenance, ornamental gardens of the 20th century, we explore how fashions of the time have greatly influenced garden design.

Wicken fen  - Mere landscape

Land and landscape

Our land and landscapes are incredibly precious. Find out what we're doing to protect them and keep them amazing for future generations