Saturday 18th June 2016
ATF Cumbria visit to Geltsdale
Location: Geltsdale, Cumbria
Join the newly-formed Ancient Tree Forum Cumbria group for their first field event – a walk around Geltsdale. The walk will focus on Geltsdale’s ‘air trees’ (or ‘bird trees’), but the group will also be looking at other features of the wood pasture and veteran trees.
Led by Iris Glimmerveen, the walk (originally planned for 14 May) will provide a chance to see the different stages of the air trees, and hear about their importance, and how they have developed in the wood pastures where conditions are perfect due to the way they naturally change very slowly.
The meeting place is the Duke of Cumberland pub in Castle Carrock – please arrive by 10am. From here, car sharing will be encouraged as parking at Geltsdale is limited. The walk will start from Geltsdale at 10.30am. Please note that Geltsdale is mostly wet under foot whatever the weather, and depending on the water level, we may want to cross the river Gelt to see air trees. Wellies and wet weather clothing are recommended. Visitors should also be aware of slippery/uneven ground and ticks.
You will need to bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. We will have this out in the wood pasture. We aim to be back in Castle Carrock by 4pm.
Please note that there is private access to the site, and there are cattle with calves, so absolutely no dogs are allowed, and everyone will need to stay together in a group.
Note too that ATF Cumbria is planning a follow-up event to the Lowther Estate on Saturday 24 September to look at wood pastures which have reverted to parkland.
There is no charge for this event, but booking is essential and places are limited. Please contact Ian Jack to book your place, at firstname.lastname@example.org.