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England has more ancient trees than it thought – study

There could be up to 2m ancient trees in England. This is ten times more than was previously thought. That’s according to research published this week by the University of Nottingham. 

In England, 180,000 of the oldest trees had been mapped. However, the university’s modelling suggests there are hundreds of thousands more yet to be discovered.  

The Woodland Trust described the research as “like a map for buried treasure”. The charity’s head of campaigning, Adam Cormack, said: “It’s remarkable that this research suggests we are yet to find most of the UK’s ancient trees. They’re out there somewhere – hidden in field corners, woods, hedges, even gardens and parks.” 

The Woodland Trust has started a petition to save old trees. The full Positive News story is available here. 

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