Veteran trees, by their very definition, have been alive for hundreds - if not thousands - of years, longer than most buildings. In fact, if a building was as old as some veteran trees, they would be protected by legislation. Trees do not have this privilege, despite the fact that they are alive!
Many trees have stories attached to them that could be well known locally, regionally, nationally, or even internationally.
Not only are veteran trees important because they have been around for centuries, but their presence can provide a certain serenity and peace to anyone who happens to see them, or lie beneath them, or attempt to wrap their arms around them!
Trees that have reached their 'mature state' are perfect habitats for many species of plant, animal and fungus, even some endangered species such as the barbastelle bat and the red cardinal beetle.
Even when a veteran or ancient tree dies, it continues to be a home and source of food for hundreds of individuals.
Populations that live on or in veteran trees provide food for other forms of life that live around the trees and help sustain the health of the environment around the tree itself.
Ancient woodlands and other sites that contain veteran trees help to boost the health of the environment for us as well as other creatures!