Finding the most important trees
The quality of recording remained high, with 69% of trees being classified as either ancient or veteran.
Over 2,000 trees had girths greater than 4.7m, the criteria used by Natural England to identify a tree big enough to have significant environment value.
Of these trees, 601 were 6m or more in girth and of international importance.
Our favourite species
Oak is still the favourite species of tree to record, with 21% of records in 2017 being one of our native oaks.
Beech and lime were also frequently recorded. We added another 926 valuable records of ash, at a time when we can imagine many of these disappearing from our landscape in the future.
Hedgerow trees increased by 1,170 and will be a focus for recording, along with hawthorn, in 2018.
A boost from partners
We had a boost of records from some tree projects - two were especially busy. The Kent Conservation Volunteers ran the Kent Veteran Tree Project. Plus we got an update from Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association, probably the most successful local veteran tree survey project in the UK.
Target smashed in Scotland
We set some targets for Scotland and they rose to the challenge, organising some great recording events at some amazing sites.
With the help of enthusiastic volunteers they smashed the target of 1,000 trees, ending the year with 1,146.
16% of these are ancient, the result of the targeted recording of Caledonian pinewoods and the ash at Rassal Wood in the Highlands.
This also included their first recording event using a boat at Loch Arkaig. Adventure and excitement, as well as great trees (and midges)!