Trees and hedges are a much-loved characteristic of the English countryside. A significant percentage of our project area is made up of farmland, with trees and hedgerows forming a vital component of the landscape. Since the 1950s there have been huge losses of hedgerows due to changes in farm machinery and crop production. Along with the loss of hedgerows, there has also been a decline in the number of mature and veteran landscape trees. Most of the existing landscape trees are in their mature life stages and without identifying replacement trees, will eventually also be lost.