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New campaign to protect Wales’ venerable ancient trees

Special landowner leaflet to be launched at Bodfach Hall in Powys on 16 June.

They’re found in churchyards, on exposed cliff faces and along hedgerows. They’re great symbols of Celtic culture, and go back thousands of years. A millennium ago, ancient trees were the trademark of the Christian abbeys and Norman conquerors. Now, with help from its partners and volunteers, the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is on a mission to encourage all landowners fully value and care for ancient and veteran trees on their land

And at Bodfach Hall near Llanfyllin in Powys on Saturday 16 June, a new leaflet will be launched which aims to enthuse farmers and landowners about their ancient trees and provide advice on their care. This will take place at the AGM of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.

Simon Baynes, the Chairman of the Trust, who owns the Bodfach Estate says: “My wife Maggie and I are delighted that this leaflet is to be launched at the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust AGM, and at Bodfach. The case studies in it confirm that people living in Wales care about their old trees and want to share this unique heritage with those around them and pass it on to their descendants.”

The Long Forest Project

The leaflet has been produced and funded through the Long Forest project, an initiative by Keep Wales Tidy and the Woodland Trust, with support from the National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Esmée Fairburn Foundation. The project aims to recruit thousands of volunteers to care for and protect Wales’ hedgerows, planting 100,000 trees and improving around 120,000m of hedgerow. Ancient trees are often found within hedgerows, hence the relevance to this project.

Clare Morgan of the Woodland Trust, who has helped plan and deliver the Long Forest Project says: “We should all care about our ancient trees because of the benefits they have given us every day of their long lives – making soils healthy, sheltering stock from sun and snow, cleaning and refreshing the air we breathe. They make our landscapes beautiful and full of fascination. That’s why I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to produce this leaflet as part of the Long Forest project. We’ll be distributing copies to landowners at shows and events, and as we meet them. But if you’d like to get hold of a copy immediately you can download it from our website."