Veteran trees are the great survivors of the modern landscape. These ancient trees may be centuries old. They have long been the focus of local stories and legend and are treasured in the areas where they are located.
Veteran trees are identifiable through a combination of recognisable features. These include hollow trunks, a large girth, dead wood in the canopy, sap runs, fungal fruiting bodies and an 'old' look.
Their value to wildlife is enormous as they host a myriad of micro-habitats, including trunk cavities, water pools in the canopy, standing dead wood, rotten heart wood, dead wood on the ground and loose bark. A veteran tree will also support plants which grow on the bark, fungi on the dead wood, birds feeding on the invertebrates and bats roosting within the tree itself.