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Friday 30th June 2017

ATF Wessex visit to Southwick Country Park, Wiltshire

Southwick Country Park cropped

Come and join Richard Murphy, Wiltshire Council’s tree and woodland officer, and the ATF’s training officer Jim Mulholland (former Wiltshire Council tree officer and woodland officer) for a guided walk around Southwick Country Park.

The park is home to a number of veteran trees, the majority being lapsed oak pollards. In the 1990s this land was planned to become a golf course and existing hedgerows were planted to create wider wooded areas. Twenty years later, the site is owned by the county council and the planted trees are beginning to shade the veteran trees. read more

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Thursday 13th July to Friday 14th July 2017

ATF Summer conference 2017 at Epping Forest

Epping view in autumn colours by Jeremy Dagley for website


This event is now full and the waiting list is closed.

The ATF’s summer conference is being held at Gilwell Park, near Epping Forest. London’s largest open space, Epping Forest is of national and international importance, and is  home to over 50,000 ancient pollard trees.

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Monday 17th July to Wednesday 19th July 2017

Valuing and managing veteran trees: a three day advanced course for trainers, Epping Forest

Veteran tree training course

This event is now full – please email training@ancienttreeforum.co.uk if you would like to be sent details next time we run a three-day course

This three-day advanced course is aimed at those who would like to share their own knowledge and experience of veteran trees with colleagues, employees, volunteers and community groups. It will equip attendees with the skills, confidence and resources to be able to deliver the ATF’s one-day course on ‘Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees’.

Training will be delivered through a combination of presentations, group exercises and field visits with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss.

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Saturday 23rd September 2017

ATF Cumbria visit to the Hartsop Valley

Clare de Villanueva

Join the ATF Cumbria group for an Autumn visit to wood pastures in the Hartsop Valley in the Eastern region of the Lake District.

The walk will begin at Brothers Water and include a leisurely tour round the pastures and pollards of Hartsop Hall and Dovedale.

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Thursday 12th October 2017

ATF Autumn field meeting to Lyscombe Farm, Dorset

Sean Cooch

Ash tree at Lyscombe Farm

This Autumn’s field event takes place at Lyscombe Farm, a family-run mixed farm in the Dorset Downs. Veteran trees, predominantly Ash, grow both on the chalk downland and in the ancient woodland.

Lyscombe and Highdon Site of Special Scientific Interest lies between the River Piddle and the Devils Brook, near the village of Piddletrenthide in West Dorset. It was designated in the late 1970s, as the chalk slopes, grazed by rare breeds of sheep and cattle, support an important example of the rich chalk flora of central Dorset. The diversity of the site is increased by the presence of scrub as well as woodland. The woodland trees are mostly Ash and Hazel with smaller numbers of Oak, Holly and Field Maple. The woods are divided into managed and fenced coppice stands, where old Ash stools have been successfully coppiced, and unmanaged areas, where some of the older oak trees support important lichens, invertebrates and fungi.

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Partner Events

  • Photo by Keith Alexander Thursday 31st August 2017 to Sunday 3rd September 2017

    The Gardens Trust Annual Conference 2017

    The University of Plymouth

    This event will combine lectures with visits in and around Plymouth, to explore sites including eighteenth century landscapes at Mount Edgcumbe and Saltram.

  • Sunday 10th September 2017 to Wednesday 13th September 2017

    Arboricultural Association conference on arboricultural biosecurity

    Exeter University

    'Protect and Survive' is the title of this international conference at which speakers will include the ATF's founder president Ted Green, co-opted supporter David Lonsdale, and training officer Jim Mulholland.