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Ancient Tree Hunt

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Volunteers at the Tree Verification Day

Solway Heritage lead a project to promote the Ancient Tree Hunt in Dumfries and Galloway on behalf of the Woodland Trust, the Ancient Tree Forum and the Tree Register of the British Isles.  The Solway Heritage team and volunteers recorded more than 1,200 ancient trees in Dumfries and Galloway during this project.

The Ancient Tree Hunt is a five year project to find and map all the old trees across the United Kingdom.  Ancient trees are important because they provide an important habitat for thousands of species of plants, animals, insects and fungi, including many rare and threatened species.  These trees are also an important element of our landscape and often have cultural significance.

This online interactive project asks people to discover and measure the forgotten treasures in our landscape and put them on the map. 

Solway Heritage promoted the project through volunteer training days and presentations encouraging groups and individuals to take an active part in the project.
The Ancient Tree Hunt is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.