Britain’s native trees, more than 30 of them, are perfectly adapted to our climate and the flora and fauna that thrive on and among them. They are much underrated sources of pollen, fruit, nuts and seeds, and the habitats that they provide are incomparably rich. Where ancient woodlands survive they are among the glories of the English landscape; but recently planted stands of native trees quickly attract a wide variety of valuable species, from rodents and invertebrates to owls and butterflies. Many of these trees are easy to cultivate and quickly bring colour, shelter and diversity to even modestly sized sites.
Here are six favourites; for a full list see the Woodland Trust’s website: