Ancient yew (Steve Young)

Ancient yew (Steve Young)

Ancient and Veteran Trees

Location: Godinton House, Godinton Lane

Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP
Learn about Ancient and Veteran trees and how to recognise and record them

Event details


10am - 4pm
A static map of Ancient and Veteran Trees

About the event

Ancient and Veteran trees are a wonderful feature of our landscape and we are only just beginning to understand their contribution to biodiversity.  This study day discusses the important characteristics of veteran trees and how to recognise and record them.

The morning session is indoors in Godinton House.

We shall discuss how we acquired such a rich heritage of ancient and veteran trees and why they are so important for wildlife. 

We are then going to discuss how to recognise them and the features that make them particularly important. 

After lunch we have been invited to explore the grounds of Godinton House to enjoy and discuss individual trees and practise recording them and assessing important features.  Recording such trees is useful and fun and we can discuss and practise the various recording methods and techniques.  We also discuss the management of Ancient and Veteran Trees.

By the end of the day it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Decide whether a tree is ancient or not and record the principal features
  • Describe the main features of veteran trees and their importance for biodiversity.
  • Understand the historical and cultural aspects that have given us this rich heritage of ancient and veteran tree
  • Have an understanding of the principles of conserving such trees for the future.

Led by Neil Coombs, Kent Wildlife Trust Land Management Advisor

Suitable for beginners and improvers


Phone number

01622 662012


Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Know before you go


Guide dogs only
Dogs are not allowed in the house or garden, but can be taken on leads around the conservation walk that circles the house and garden. Assistance dogs are permitted with relevant documentation.


Partial disabled access around the garden

Wheelchair access

Disabled access to ground floor of house and tearoom but no access to first floor.


Picnic area
Disabled toilet

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012