Do you want to help us stand up for ancient trees?

The Woodland Trust is training Ancient Tree Inventory volunteer recorders to help hunt for ancient and veteran trees on Dartmoor.

This one-day training event will equip you with the knowledge to record ancient and veteran trees on the Ancient Tree Inventory website. You'll help us add to a dataset of trees which already boasts over 200,000 records.

The day will be run by the Woodland Trust’s southwest lead verifier of the Ancient Tree Inventory, Tim Kellett.

The training day will cover:

  • the purpose of the Ancient Tree Inventory
  • the biodiversity and cultural value of ancient and veteran trees
  • how to identify special trees for later verification as ancient veteran or notable
  • how to record a tree on the inventory
  • possible threats to ancient and veteran trees.

This event will include an indoor session, as well as the chance to get outside and practise recording ancient and veteran trees in the field. 

Booking in advance via Eventbrite is essential.

Don't forget

Come prepared for cold and potentially wet weather, with waterproofs and good walking boots. Hot drinks are provided but please bring your own lunch.

Please bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. We will have spare tablets.

This event is for over 18's only. We are planning an event on 9 April for under 18’s accompanied by an adult.

When and where

  • Date: Wednesday 10 April 2024, 10am-4pm. Coffee and registration from 9.30am.
  • Price: free.
  • Location:Meldon Village Hall, Meldon, Okehampton EX20 4LU.
    What3Words: trickled.curl.moral
    Grid reference: SX 56012 92350.
  • Access: we will be walking across fields and through woods. It will be uneven and there will be some slopes. We will be holding ancient tree recording events specifically aimed at wheelchair users. Please email to find out more. 
  • Parking: there is parking at the village hall. What3Words: trickled.curl.moral
    Grid reference: SX 56012 92350.
  • Dogs: are not allowed at this event.

How to book

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book via Eventbrite.

There are toilets available at the venue.

If you have any questions or access requirements, please get in touch at

Please check your emails the day before in case the weather forces us to postpone. 

Get the most from the day

We encourage you to take a look at the Ancient Tree Inventory. Scroll down to find five informative videos, each 3-4 minutes long. If you wish, you can register as a tree recorder on this website, although you can also do this after the training day.

Keep hunting!

We hope that you will continue to record ancient and veteran trees in the project area after the training. You will be given a map of the Ancient Tree Inventory project area. You will also be able to join a WhatsApp group and attend online events to learn more about ancient trees and ask questions about recording them.

Dartmoor’s Dynamic Landscapes

This training is part of Dartmoor’s Dynamic Landscapes, a partnership of Dartmoor National Park Authority, the Woodland Trust and RSPB, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The programme aims to look at ways to preserve heritage and habitats, address issues such as rural isolation, the climate and ecological crisis and offer people opportunities to access and discover more about the National Park.

The work is planned to focus on the river catchments of the Okement, Dart, Erme and Yealm.

Visiting woods

Ancient Tree Inventory

Ancient trees need special care and protection. There are thousands of ancient trees in the UK and we need your help to find out where they are.

Find out more