Ancient trees are all veterans, but not all veteran trees are ancient.
Let me explain.
An Ancient Tree is one that has reached a great age in comparison with others of the same species.
A Veteran Tree can, surprisingly, be any age. A veteran tree is a survivor that has developed some of the features
found on an ancient tree, not necessarily as a consequence of time, but of its life or environment.
Key habitat features of a veteran tree:
Evidence of decay processes, such as hollowing in the trunk, fruit bodies of fungi known to cause wood decay, and cavities or rot holes, damaged bark.
Significant amounts of deadwood.
A Heritage Tree is one that is considered to be part of our history and culture - and connected to specific events in our history. Or they are beloved landmarks.
A Notable Tree is one that is significant locally - like our Craa Tree at Beggar's Rigg.
A Champion Tree is one that is the tallest or has the widest girth, of its kind in an area. There are quite a few champions in Cragside.