One of the Society’s lesser-known roles is to highlight the importance of trees and woodland in our locality and to help in their preservation. Sevenoaks (“The Town in a Wood”) is fortunate in its number and variety of trees, despite the ravages of nature and inroads of man, and our area contains many notable and even nationally important groups and specimens – some several hundreds of years old and with a remarkable history. Many are within easy walking distance of the High Street, in Knole Park.
And of course we have our famous oaks – although the original eponymous seven were lost many centuries ago, and six of the Vine oaks were laid low in the Great Storm of 1987: but replaced with seven more. (So from “Sevenoaks” to “One Oak” and now “Eight Oaks”). Our town became an international symbol for tree loss. (Click here to discover our town’s most interesting trees)
Trees are valuable for many reasons – and many are at serious risk. As well as the association of Sevenoaks with trees, and their aesthetic appearance and historical significance, the Society’s role is of particular relevance given the increasing threats to our trees and woods through building and agricultural development, pollution, and pests and diseases such as ash die-back. (As well as ash, oak, horse chestnut and pine are also at risk. Click here for more information).
The Society seeks to:
- Raise awareness of the significance of trees for our environment and as remarkable and valuable entities in their own right
- Work with others to identify and record trees of importance because of their location, age, size, appearance, history, condition, vulnerability or other features of note – and to help to protect and preserve them
- Monitor and seek to influence where appropriate building projects and developers’ proposals for landscaping and the protection of valuable trees
- Encourage the planting of trees in the locality and their sustainable management
- Facilitate the gaining and sharing of knowledge and understanding through research, articles, talks and exhibitions – and by developing our web-site database of records and images of our notable trees
- Develop tree trails to cover the most significant and interesting trees in the neighbourhood, including Knole Park.
In particular the Society wishes to explore ways of working with young people to help them appreciate the worth, beauty and vulnerability of trees in the streets, fields, woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens in their neighbourhood.
We encourage anyone to:
- send us details of your favourite trees – native or non-native
- inform us of heritage, champion, ancient or other notable trees (click here for definitions)
- notify us of any under threat
- tell us if you wish to use any of our research and exhibition displays.
A National Tree Register
The Society supports the Woodland Trust’s campaign to create a National Tree Register, to enable our trees of special interest to be recognised and given greater protection. To show your support for a register, visit the Woodland Trust’s web-site at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/campaigning/campaigns/vitrees/england
Working With Others
Click here for a list of other organisations involved in the recording and protection of trees, and raising awareness of their importance.