Woodland Trust Calls for Better Wood Conservation

The Woodland Trust\’s Record Ancient Trees Project

The Woodland Trust this week called for the government and local councils to do more for wood conservation in the UK – warning that ancient oak trees across England and Wales are under threat.

Along with the Ancient Tree Forum, the Trust said that oak trees which have flourished for centuries could be in danger, especially trees growing in Wrexham and Chirk, North Wales, which have survived the age-old demand foroak carpentry materials to become some of the oldest in the country.

Campaigners called for the upcoming merger of Wales’ three environmental bodies – Environment Agency Wales, the Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Council Wales – next April to ensure that the new agency takes on responsibility for wood conservation.

Woodland Trust spokesman Rory Francis added: “I’d also like to see help and advice for land-owners who have particularly rare and ancient trees on their property.”

“Often people are scared of contacting their local authority because they feel, wrongly in my experience, that having a protected tree might place extra financial burdens, or might make their property harder to sell.”