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

Whitebeam coming into leaf on Ventnor Downs
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How you're helping to plant trees

Our ambition to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030 is progressing at pace thanks to your support. After you helped us raise almost £500,000 through Plant a tree, we've been able to plant thousands of young saplings across the UK. We've also identified sites for a further 1.5 million trees to be planted during the next two years. Watch the video to find out how you've supported tree planting at Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Ancient woodland at Sutton Hoo

Awe-inspiring woodlands 

Whether you're climbing around an old oak tree or watching the leaves change with the seasons, we love trees for many reasons. We need your help to plant new trees.

View of clough and hills

High hopes for trees in the High Peak 

High on the hills of the Peak District, a major tree-planting project is underway. From improving upland habitats for wildlife to restoring wetlands, find out how natural tree cover is helping to breathe life into the Peaks and valleys.

Views like this of Long Mynd from Haddon Hill are under threat

Heather landscapes threatened by climate change  

In late summer the hills at Long Mynd in Shropshire and Holnicote in Exmoor are normally carpeted with purple heather. But last year most of the heather at these treasured landscapes in our care didn't bloom because of climate change. Find out what we're doing to get the heather flowering again.

Identify ancient trees

Learn how to spot an ancient tree with our handy guide.

Plant life
Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia) growing in the walled garden at Rowallane

Plant conservation 

Just as grand buildings and stunning collections can tell the tales of changing tastes and the rise (and fall) of fortunes, so too can the exotic plants in their gardens. With more than 200 gardens to look after, discover how we ensure their beauty lasts forever, for everyone.

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.

Meet the gardeners

Our landscapes

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