By now we all know the serious threat ash trees face. The Ancient Tree Hunt is working to monitor important ash trees on its database, record when they get the disease and how they cope. We hope this will help us understand how the disease affects our precious ancient and veteran ash trees. Here is a link to a map showing the ancient & veteran ash distribution in the UK. And here is another that takes you to the Ancient Tree Hunt database and information on all the individual ash trees recorded there .

Below is just one of the many magnificent ash trees recorded on the database that we hope will survive this new disease.

Image: WTPL/ Ancient Tree Hunt


About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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  1. Tony says:

    Having seen your pictured tree, I can say my submission for the Sylva frontispiece was doomed at the start. Nevertheless I still admire my own tree and I have many other favourites. Also, you cannot imagine how many veteran trees must remain unlogged (no pun intended) on the Ancient Tree Hunt database. Especially when considering those hidden away gems on private land.

  2. Kathy says:


    Many thanks for your post on ash trees. The image above of that fantastic tree is great, where is the tree located.? We are based in North Devon so have not been affected too badly by the looks of it on the map.

  3. thehutts says:

    What an amazing ash tree. Sally

    • Kay Haw says:

      Yes it is one of the many amazing trees that can be found on the Ancient Tree Hunt website.

  4. Joanna says:

    Why can’t we all listen to what the earth and its living things and creatures are trying to tell us, be responsible and act accordingly. If every one of us just did a little thing to preserve what we have it would make such a difference. Composting, growing our own even in a tiny space and not wasting as well as sharing excesses would really help.

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