There were ancient and notable trees in and around the Forest that needed finding and recording so that they were no longer overlooked.
This project built on survey work already undertaken by volunteers. The aim was to raise awareness of the location and importance of ancient and notable trees and note their cultural and ecological importance.
Download this leaflet, including map, highlighting 36 selected ancient and notable trees within the Forest, providing locations and details about each tree: Ancient and Notable Trees around the Forest of Dean (PDF download)
This project helped to establish better ecological connectivity with ancient trees across the Forest, and enhanced the surroundings of ancient and future ancient trees through involving volunteers in scrub clearance and teaching best practices in the surrounding land management.
Working with the Veteran Tree History project it also helped gain a better understanding of the surrounding archaeology around ancient trees that has helped to influence the tree development in some way and informs about cultural activities of the Forest in the past.
Guided walks of the Ancient & Notable Trees in the Forest of Dean, led by the Project's Leader Paul Rutter, also proved extremely popular each time. It is encouraging to know that the many people who enjoyed those walks now share in the knowledge of these vital and precious trees.
Find out more about Plantlife, the partner organisation who helped deliver this project.
Watch our film 'Connecting People to Nature' to hear Paul talk about our ancient trees: