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Friday 5th May 2017

ATF Devon visit to Killerton House

Chris Knapman

Killerton House estate

National Trust staff will be joining the ATF Devon group for this event at Killerton, to show off the site’s topography, views, beautiful trees and heritage stories.

Fi Hailstone (NT Project Officer) and Dave Jolley (Acting Lead Ranger) who are responsible for delivering Killerton’s ‘Bringing Killerton Park to Life’ project, will lead the group on a walk around Killerton’s parkland areas and to see the wood pasture restoration work that has been carried out.

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Sunday 7th May 2017

ATF East Anglia visit to Staverton

Reg Harris

Staverton

Join the East Anglia ATF group for a rare opportunity to walk round the private park, led by Gary Battell, the site’s adviser and consultant.

Staverton is a former medieval deer park which has over 4000 lapsed ancient oak pollards, and a collection of some of the largest holly trees in the UK.

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Friday 12th May to Saturday 13th May 2017

ATF at the Arb Show

Reg Harris

Veteran tree root eroded by sheltering sheep

At this year’s Arb Show, the ATF will be focusing on roots, and demonstrating new ways of measuring the root plates of veteran trees.

Sharon Hosegood will be demonstrating and talking about her root radar machine, and on the Saturday, Frank Rinn will be coming from Germany with his Arbortom machine. Ted Green and Jill Butler will also be speaking, and leading a tree walk around the arboretum. There will be demonstrations of veteranisation techniques, and an opportunity to find out about VETcert – the project which is developing an accreditation system for those working with veteran trees.

ATF staff and volunteers will be on hand to discuss ancient tree management issues, guidance and resources will be available to take away, and the ATF’s handbook will be on sale at a reduced price.

Entry to the Arb Show also gives you access to Westonbirt, the national arboretum. For more details see the Arboricultural Association website.

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Tuesday 6th June 2017

Valuing and managing veteran trees: a one day training course, South Gloucestershire

Veteran tree training course

This one-day introductory course is aimed at those who are responsible for managing areas with veteran trees, anyone who owns veteran trees or has a keen interest.

Note that the original date for this training day was Thursday 8 June, but we have had to change this to Tuesday 6 June, due to the venue being used as a polling station in the election.

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

Learning outcomes
This one day course will focus on providing participants with sufficient information and experience to:

  1. Give a definition of a veteran tree that is of importance for biological or heritage value.
  2. Explain why trees can live so long
  3. Describe how and where roots grow and why they are important
  4. Undertake a simple survey of a veteran tree in the field
  5. Assess when management is likely to be appropriate for old trees or their surroundings

A certificate of attendance is provided upon completion of the course, which was developed as part of the VETree project  (A European project across five countries).

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Thursday 13th July to Friday 14th July 2017

ATF Summer conference 2017 at Epping Forest, north of London

Epping view in autumn colours by Jeremy Dagley for website

 

This event is now full. Please contact admin@ancienttreeforum.co.uk if you would like to be put on the reserve list.

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.

The main conference themes will be:

  • Ancient tree landscapes
  • Conserving wood-pastures and pollarding veteran trees
  • Crown retrenchments
  • ‘Minding the gap’ – creating decaying wood habitats and ‘successor’ old trees
  • The hollowing of trees by fungi
  • Soil and root health
  • Tree diseases

In the afternoons, Jeremy Dagley, Epping Forest’s Head of Conservation, and his colleagues, will be leading us on guided visits to view some of the 55,000 veteran pollards set amongst 5,000 acres of ancient wood pasture.

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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 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.

Learning outcomes
This three day course will focus on providing participants with sufficient information and experience to deliver a one day basic training course ‘Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees’. When you have completed this course you should be able to do the following:

  1. Give a definition of a veteran tree.
  2. Explain the biological principles relating to old trees including:
  3. Root systems,
  4. Why trees live so long,
  5. Natural processes,
  6. Habitat development.
  7. Undertake a survey of a veteran tree.
  8. Prepare a simple management plan for a veteran tree.
  9. Assess if a population of trees is sustainable.

A certificate of attendance is provided upon completion of the course, which was developed as part of the VETree project, a European project across five countries.

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Thursday 19th October 2017

Valuing and managing veteran trees: a one day training course, South Gloucestershire

Veteran tree training course

This one-day introductory course is aimed at those who are responsible for managing areas with veteran trees, anyone who owns veteran trees or has a keen interest.

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

Learning outcomes
This one day course will focus on providing participants with sufficient information and experience to:

  1. Give a definition of a veteran tree that is of importance for biological or heritage value.
  2. Explain why trees can live so long
  3. Describe how and where roots grow and why they are important
  4. Undertake a simple survey of a veteran tree in the field
  5. Assess when management is likely to be appropriate for old trees or their surroundings

A certificate of attendance is provided upon completion of the course, which was developed as part of the VETree project  (A European project across five countries).

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

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