Ancient Trees in Kent

Kent’s Tree Wardens help to find, recognise, promote and protect the important, veteran and ancient trees in their local communities. They have a key role in protecting these vital components of Kent’s landscape and heritage, in our countryside, villages and towns.

The aims are to

  • run at least two or three Tree Surveying days every year to visit Kent hot-spots of important, veteran and ancient trees
  • encourage all Tree and Pond Wardens to find, survey, report, maintain and protect the trees in their communities
  • encourage a core of Tree Wardens to become (or continue to be) competent tree surveyors able to carry out tree surveys and demonstrate tree surveying techniques to other Tree Wardens and others interested in trees.
  • improve the level of recognition and protection of important, veteran and ancient trees in all areas of Kent

Kent is particularly lucky in having an excellent interactive map of our important trees, thanks to the Kent Heritage Trees Project organised by the Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV), largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Many Tree Wardens supported this Project, gathered information, took photos and completed the surveys of these trees. These are the trees that have been recognised so far as important in Kent – the map can be found on the Kent Heritage Trees website. Why not check out your particular area for the trees located so far!

The Kent Heritage Trees Project has now been successfully completed, and the Kent map is now closed for new or updated tree records. All new records or updates are therefore now going to be made on the very impressive national Ancient Tree Inventory run by the Woodland Trust, which are then verified by one or two dedicated Woodland Trust verifiers in Kent. Again, it is very worthwhile to check out the records on this map for your local area.

Recognising the importance of impressive and memorable local trees in Kent, there is now a newly formed Kent branch of the Ancient Tree Forum. The inaugural meeting of the Kent Branch was on Saturday the 3rd of February, 2018, at the internationally important site of Knole Park, Sevenoaks, owned by The National Trust.

Veteran tree
Veteran tree

Other groups very interested in these special trees in Kent include, among many others, The Woodland Trust, the  Kent Men of The Trees and the Kent Gardens Trust. Kent Tree Wardens work in partnership with these organisations, and together we hope to achieve our common aims of recognising and protecting the Tree Heritage of Kent. Here is an excellent link to a guide to “Planning for Ancient Trees” from The Woodland Trust.