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Ancient trees under threat.

THOUSANDS of "precious" ancient trees could be at risk from pests and diseases such as ash dieback and acute oak decline, experts have warned.

Described as the natural equivalent of listed buildings, ancient trees have stood for hundreds of years, watching over historic events and playing a role in folklore and culture.

But the majority of the 115,000 ancient, veteran or notable trees registered on the Woodland Trust's Ancient Tree Hunt website could be facing the threat of diseases, the conservation charity said. Some, such as the Big Belly Oak in Wiltshire, which is thought to have stood since the time of William the Conqueror, have acted as significant landmarks for centuries.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 30, 2013
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