Ancient trees provide habitat for a huge array of other organisms and the UK is fortunate to have the highest population density of these trees in Europe. The special features of ancient trees which make them unique as wildlife habitat are the exceptionally species-rich communities associated with them. But despite their great
age, these crucially important trees are sensitive to change and are under constant threat from many sources such as agriculture, development, vandalism and neglect. Government advice encourages Local Authorities to increase the level of protection given to veteran trees, but their opportunities to do so are limited as no changes have
been made to primary legislation.
To survive these threats, careful and long term management is required that incorporates an holistic approach to the
entire ecosystem in and around the tree as well as the tree itself.
Mark Carter advises on the management of such trees not only from the practical standpoint but also the legal position regarding the many protected species these trees support.