Go tree spotting at historic properties

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The National Trust is urging people in Ryedale to venture outdoors and open their eyes to some of the many unusual ancient trees and woods in North Yorkshire.

Among the top specimens waiting to be unearthed is a magical wishing tree at Nunnington Hall.

Visitors, many of whom return year after year, have tied hundreds of coloured ribbons to a golden pippin apple tree in the hall’s grounds.

The ancient practice is traditionally linked to healing in Cornwall and was also popular in Scotland and Ireland where the trees were also known as “Clootie Wells.”

Now the trust is hoping tree lovers will visit their North Yorkshire properties this month – one of the best times for tree spotting as leaves are still new.

Stephen Morley, the Trust’s wildlife expert, said: “Across Yorkshire there are some very important and beautiful trees growing in some fantastic locations.”

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