Value in Trees

Children tree planting at Allestree, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Children tree planting at Allestree, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

This three-year project is helping to safeguard the future of the county's veteran trees.

Derbyshire is an important county for veteran trees. Walking amongst these stoical soldiers is a real privilege and one can’t help but wonder at the events and changes they must have seen through the ages. Gnarled and worn, often crippled with dead wood, these trees are real gems for birds, bats and invertebrates.

Our Value in Trees project received £109,500 funding from the Big Tree Plant, a campaign to encourage more tree planting across England, and one year into the project things are off to a successful start.

The main aim of this project is to help safeguard the genetic stock of some of our oldest trees by propagating veteran tree seed. It follows on from our successful Great Trees of Derbyshire and Saving the Great Trees of Derbyshire, which mapped more than 4,500 veteran trees across the county.

Community involvement lies at the heart of Value in Trees and it has been through the enthusiasm, dedication and hard work of many groups and individuals across the county that the first year of this ambitious project has gone so well. We’d like to thank all those who have worked on the project so far. It is because of all of you that we’ve been able to plant over 10,000 trees this winter and have collected literally thousands of seeds from our most special of veteran trees.

Find out more about what our volunteers have helped us achieve so far.

Download our guide to managing and monitoring veteran trees.

Download our leaflet.

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We are co-ordinating the project, in partnership with many other organisations.

Match funding has been received from the Peak District National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund, The Naturesave Trust, the Woodland Trust, Wild Derby, the Chatsworth Estate and the Linley Shaw Foundation.

We are working with landowners including Derby City Council, the National Trust at Hardwick and at Kedleston, the Haddon Estate, the RSPB at Dovestones, Severn Trent Water at Carsington, and many other smaller landowners across the county.

Some of the groups on board with the project include Friends of Allestree Park, Friends of Sinfin Moor Park, Friends of Markeaton Park, the Derby Tree Warden Network, Erewash Tree Wardens, Chesterfield Rugby Club and more.

Find out the latest project news.