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Saturday 9th September 2017

ATF Thames and Chiltern field visit


A new ATF group for the Thames and Chiltern area plans to run its first event this Autumn at Windsor Great Park.

Places are limited. For further details and to book a place, contact James Remmington at arborem.2014@yahoo.co.uk.

The group plans to organise visits to other sites in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and to record some of the area’s significant trees to the Ancient Tree Inventory.

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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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Thursday 28th June to Friday 29th June 2018

ATF Summer Conference 2018

David Lovelace

Views from Kentchurch

The ATF’s summer conference 2018 is set to be based in Herefordshire. Details are not yet available, but afternoon field trips are likely to include a visit to Kentchurch Court.

Further details will be available in due course, and bookings will open in early 2018.

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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. 

  • Tuesday 3rd October 2017 to Wednesday 4th October 2017

    The Biology of Decay in Trees course

    Hatfield Forest

    Two-day course on the aging process of trees

  • Saturday 14th October 2017

    Field day for arborists at Savernake

    Savernake Forest, Wiltshire

    The day will focus on propping and bracing ancients and veterans and take in a walk through woodland to see one of the largest collections of massive oaks, beech and sweet chestnut remaining on our planet.

  • Tuesday 30th January 2018 to Thursday 1st February 2018

    Veteran tree management and veteranisation courses

    Hatfield Forest

    Two-day and one-day courses run by ATF experts

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