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Thursday 8th March 2018

ATF Spring field meeting to Blenheim Palace Estate

Picture courtesy of Blenheim Palace Estate

Bleinheim Palace Estate at sunrise

The first national ATF event of 2018 will be to the Blenheim Palace Estate, World Heritage Site and the site of several Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Our apologies, this event is now FULL.

The stately home at Blenheim sits among more than 2000 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens, and there are over 900 ancient and other veteran oak trees on the estate in the area known as High Park.

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Thursday 7th June 2018

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

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.

This course was developed as part of the VETree project (European project across five countries, see www.vetree.eu for details).

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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Thursday 28th June to Friday 29th June 2018

ATF Summer Conference 2018

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Views from Kentchurch

The 2018 conference will follow the same two-day format as previous events, with indoor presentations from expert speakers in the morning, and visits to veteran tree sites in the afternoons. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with a wide range of people interested in the ecology and management of ancient and veteran trees.

Field events will include a visit to Kentchurch Park, where the deer park is being restored under Higher Level Stewardship, and ancient and other veteran trees include the the 12 and a half meter girth Jack of Kent oak. Other afternoon destinations have yet to be confirmed but are likely to include wood pasture and farmland sites.

The morning indoor sessions will take place at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford, and the ATF would be keen to hear from those interested in making a veteran-tree related presentation at the conference. Please  Contact us here with details of your proposed talk.

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

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Wednesday 4th July to Friday 6th July 2018

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

A three-day advanced course 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’.

This course was developed as part of the VETree project (a European project across five countries, see www.vetree.eu for details.

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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