Join in an ancient tree hunt

Published Wednesday 23 November 2011

Help survey some of the most fantastic woodland in Britain to celebrate National Tree Week (26 November to 4 December).

On Saturday 3 December the New Forest National Park team will be exploring Denny Wood near Lyndhurst as part of an ancient tree survey to find the oldest and largest trees in the New Forest.

An ancient tree hunt leader will take small groups around the wood exploring the ancient and ornamental woodland.

Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Some of the oak and beech trees in Denny Wood are over 400 years old. They support an established woodland ecosystem.

‘As well as surveying the area the group leaders will talk about the history of the woodland and what makes it unique and special.’

The National Park Authority’s tree expert Bryan Wilson will also be at the event to answer any tree-related questions.

There are two sessions, 9.30am to midday and 1pm to 3.30pm. The event is free but booking is essential as places are limited. The event is suitable for children eight years and over.

To book your place email or call 01590 646681.

For more information about the event visit

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Notes to editors:

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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