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Ancient and other veteran trees are a vital and treasured part of our history, and our natural and cultural landscape, and Britain is thought to have the greatest number of ancient trees in northern Europe. The
Ancient Tree Forum seeks to secure the long term future of these ecosystems through promoting best management and conservation practice, lobbying governments over their recognition and protection, encouraging research, and increasing people’s enjoyment of old trees.

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Saturday 24th September 2016

ATF Cumbria visit to Lowther Park

Parkhouse Oak (1) by Ian Jack cropped for web

This second field visit for the new ATF Cumbria group will focus on wood pasture on the Lowther Estate and will follow on from the group's visit to Geltsdale in June.

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Ancient and Other Veteran Trees

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Veteran tree management


A series of videos produced by the VETree project to encourage good practice in the management of veteran trees.

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