THE North-East’s most noteworthy trees are to be celebrated in a new guide.

The guide, containing 52 remarkable trees, has been taken from a database compiled over two years by naturalists and volunteers from the Heritage Lottery-funded Durham Veteran Trees Project.

The project, run by the Durham Biodiversity Partnership and Durham Wildlife Trust, aimed to record the locations of 1,000 ancient, veteran and notable trees in the region, including in Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

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After creating the database, the list was whittled down to 52, and named the Guide to Veteran Trees.

Some of the most interesting trees in the guide are: 􀁥 The Redworth Hall Sycamore, at the hotel near Darlington, County Durham.

The tree is thought to be 250 years old and dominates the left hand side of the lawn; 􀁥 The Harperley Woods Beech at Harperley Woods, Tanfield Lea, County Durham, known as the Three Sisters Beech because it has three leaning stems.

􀁥 The Jarrow White Willow on the western bank of the River Don near Primrose Nature Reserve in Jarrow, near South Shields. Willow trees tend to be short-lived but this tree is estimated to be 100 years old.

􀁥 Baal Hill’s Bishop’s Oak at Baal Hill Wood near Tunstall Reservoir, near Wolsingham, County Durham, where the Durham Wildlife Trust runs a nature reserve. The oak is thought to be more than 400 years old.

􀁥 The South Park Wellingtonia, in South Park, Darlington, a species which can live for 3,400 years in the wild. The park’s two Wellingtonia date from 1863 and are listed by the Tree Council among the top ten trees in the Britain because of their unusual multiple stems.

􀁥 The old Lanchester Horse Chestnut, on the site of the demolished Greencroft Hall.

Project officer Vicky Newlove, of the partnership, said: “These trees have some terrific stories to tell and the guide will celebrate their longevity. Trees are important for our landscape and for our wildlife and we should treasure them. We hope this guide will help people to do that.”

The guide can be obtained by contacting Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191-584-3112.