Some of English Heritage's sites have been under continuous tree cover since the 17th century.
Tree management at our sites
Many of the trees and woodlands growing on the estate today have developed over decades or even centuries. Whilst some have been purposely planted, others have developed through neglect of maintenance. Some have been under continuous tree cover since the 17th century.
Management of sites considers the trees, shelterbelts and woodlands as an important part of site management planning. Succession planting is established where appropriate to ensure continuity of tree cover for the future.
Where it is not considered desirable to perpetuate trees or woodlands on a site or part of a site because of archaeological implications, consideration is given to establishing replacement planting on less sensitive areas. Our long-term policy is to maintain and manage existing mature trees safely for as long as possible.
English Heritage aims to maintain the tree resource for the future under sensitive management with regard to amenity and economy, whilst ensuring the conservation of built and buried heritage.
Trees of significance on English Heritage sites
English Heritage is responsible for the management of over 35,000 individual trees and approximately 160 hectares of woodland. They range from individual or groups of trees on ancient monuments to designed historic landscapes with over 5,000 trees.
Some have survived for hundreds of years to become akin to living monuments, outliving changes in fashion or economics. At Boscobel or Stott Park Bobbin Mill for instance they have a close historical association with the fortunes and industry of the properties themselves.
Other individuals are of botanical importance sent over by the great plant hunters, or are magnificent champions for their height and girth.