What age does a tree have to be to be defined as a 'Veteran Tree' and why are they important?
A veteran tree is defined as 'a tree that is of interest biologically, culturally and aesthetically because of its age, size or condition.'
For more information see our Dorset Greenwood Tree project
Veteran trees are old enough to be hollow or contain a rotting wood heart. They are usually native trees, such as willow and oak that have undergone pollarding in the past.
Veteran trees are important for fungi, lichen, bryophytes and some invertebrates, and the hollow areas are sometime used as roosting sites by bats.
I've got a tree in my garden that I want to remove, who should I contact?
You need to contact your district council Tree Officer, who will be able to advise you about removing trees especially if the tree has a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
What is a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)?
Local Planning Authorities place Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) on individual or groups of trees to prohibit any work being carried out on them without prior consent.
The type of works prohibited to a tree with a TPO are felling, uprooting, topping, lopping, and wilful damage or destruction. The LPA places a TPO on a tree if they feel that its removal would have a significant impact on the local environment.