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 Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
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.

A family walking near an ancient chestnut tree in November at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herfordshire

Ancient tree walks

When it comes to ancient trees, the UK comes top of the European chart. Find out which ten 'cathedrals of the natural world' our ancient tree adviser recommends.

Plant life
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.

Paperbark maple (Acer griseum), Dyffryn Gardens

Collecting Dyffryn's botanical treasures 

What can a rare paperbark maple tell us about the history of Dyffryn gardens and about the man responsible for their design and development?

Child playing in a tree at Hatfield Forest, Essex

A new Tree Charter for the 21st century 

We've joined the call for a new Tree Charter to protect people’s rights to the benefits of trees and woods.

The starter post of the tree trail walk

Ambleside Champion Tree Trail

Search for the tallest tree in Cumbria as you follow this circular walk through the woods.

Our landscapes

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