Follow the link below to go to a site detailing the Woodland Trust's Ancient tree Hunt.
Quote "There might be as many as 500,000 ancient trees to be found in the UK. And we need your help to find them and put them on the map. This will be the first step towards caring for them and securing their future."
10,000 oaks of 100 years old are not a substitute for one 500 year old oak
Oliver Rackham, The History of the British Countryside
Clive Anderson gets the measure of things!
"We're asking people to look out for and record trees which are particularly old, fat and gnarled said Woodland Trust President, Clive Anderson, so obviously I am just the person to get this message across. The sort of size we are after is a tree, perhaps an oak, which is so big that it would take you and at least two or more friends - to hug it all the way around, finger tip to finger tip. Perhaps you pass a great old tree every day, it probably has a great story. We'd love you to tell us about it."
Did you know the official British standard HUG is based on the finger tip to finger tip measurement of an adult, which we take to be about 1.5m. This distance is usually almost the same as your height, and means you can measure a tree even if you forget your tape measure!