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

A path below trees that are starting to blossom in the gardens at Mottistone

 

 

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through tree planting

This year, as part of our tree planting ambitions, and in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), we’ll be planting and dedicating trees to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen as she becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

QGC is a unique tree planting initiative created to commemorate this historic occasion. We’ll be marking this milestone with 70 new tree planting projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The projects will create a legacy, honouring Her Majesty’s leadership over the past 70 years and will benefit wildlife and future generations to come.

The following ancient woodlands have also been dedicated for The Queen's Green Canopy:

Benthall Woodland, Shropshire

Blickling Wood, Norfolk

Fingle Woods, Teign Valley

Horner Wood, Somerset

Dinefwr Park and Dinefwr Castle Woods, Carmarthenshire

Several ancient trees in our care have also been dedicated. These include Tolpuddle Martyrs' Tree (sycamore), Dorset; Newton's Apple Tree, Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire; the Ankerwycke Yew, Wraysbury, Berkshire; and a veteran oak tree at Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey. 

This planting has been funded by National Trust supporters and a generous legacy. It will see a range of projects get underway in 2022 - from replacing individual trees to larger-scale planting such as the recreation of historic tree avenues lost to disease, old age or storms.

These projects form part of our ambitious programme to restore avenues, conserve ancient trees and protect our ancient woodlands. It will also contribute to our aim to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030.

 

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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. We've already planted thousands of young saplings across the UK, and we've also identified sites for a further 1.5 million trees to be planted during the next two years. Watch this video to find out how you've supported tree planting at Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Blossom tree in the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

Plant a tree 

Plant a tree today and you'll be helping to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030. You can plant a tree from just £5 and you'll get a certificate to commemorate your gift too. Together we can tackle climate change, make homes for wildlife and ensure future generations enjoy more green spaces.

Tree felling as a result of ash dieback

Why do we fell trees?

To make sure the woods in our care stay healthy far into the future, sometimes we fell trees to create space for new saplings to grow. Looking after woods often means imitating the way the natural world makes spaces for wildlife. New plants and animals will thrive in the sunny glades created amongst the older trees.

Occasionally, we also fell diseased trees. We don’t fell all diseased trees, but people’s safety must come first when they are close to paths or roads. We close the access routes while work is taking place and reopen them as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sustainable tree cages, Lake District

Trialling sustainable tree guards

To reduce plastic pollution we're testing sustainable tree guards as part of our plans to plant and establish 20 million trees. As we look for an affordable large-scale alternative we're reducing plastic by using tree crates made from the wood of diseased trees and tubes made from wool and cardboard. Protecting saplings with tree guards mean they can fulfil their potential and sequester maximum carbon. We'll also allow trees to regenerate naturally by planting them in shrubland, where existing vegetation such as gorse and hawthorn protect saplings.


Damson trees at Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire

We're bringing blossom back 

Since 1900, over half of England and Wales' orchards have been lost. With your help, we want to restore blossom for everyone. You can read about the study we commissioned to delve deeper into the issue and how you can help us to bring blossom back.

Storm damage, Bodnant Garden

Irreplaceable trees lost in Storm Arwen 

Many of the UK's most precious and unique trees have been damaged by Storm Arwen as its gale force winds brought down thousands of trees across the north of England and Wales. Bodnant Gardens in North Wales, Wallington in Northumberland and areas of the Lake District in Cumbria were some of the worst hit places. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed but the restoration is likely to amount to at least £3million.

How to spot an ancient tree Identify ancient trees
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.

Help protect woodlands

The UK's woodland and orchards are in decline. Your donation will help us to restore and protect woodlands and orchards for generations to come. With your support, we can give back to the nation's most precious trees.

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 for everyone, for ever.

Member of staff checking the records at the Plant Conservation Centre

40 years of the Plant Conservation Centre 

This year, we're celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Plant Conservation Centre. From endangered to unusual plants, the Plant Conservation Centre works to protect and cultivate the rare and historically significant plants in our care.

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.

Our landscapes

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