Trees: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Labour, Gower

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds information on the location of protected trees throughout the UK.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Woodland Trust manages the Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI), which is a database recording over 150,000 ancient, veteran or notable trees across the UK. This is a volunteer database, with verified records, which does not have complete or consistent coverage across the UK.

Records for trees protected through Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) are held by local authorities, not by central government. Local planning authorities are also responsible for trees in conservation areas.

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