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Sunday 7th May 2017

ATF East Anglia visit to Staverton

Location: Butley, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Reg Harris


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.

Booking Information

  • Arrive on site at 10am for a 10:30pm start (finishing at approximately 1pm)
  • Please bring your own refreshments
  • Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome

Download the flyer with map and details of meeting place

Download the risk assessment

To reserve your place contact Reg@urbanforestry.info , confirming that you have read the risk assessment.

6 Comments | Leave a Comment

  • Neil Maher says:
    Posted April 07, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    The nearby Butley Oyster pub has re-opened after being closed for a few years and visitors may like to pop in for a pint after lunch to socialise.
    The Oyster was a regular watering hole for many FC workers from Rendlesham Forest and also US servicemen from nearby RAF Bentwaters and RAF Wodbridge air bases. Hope to see some of you there (but no talk of the silly Rendlesham Forest so-called UFO crash !)

  • Michael Stennett says:
    Posted May 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Could you let me know when you plan your next visit to Staverton Park? sadly I see I’ve missed the last one. Thanks

    • Reg Harris says:
      Posted May 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hello Michael- there are no plans to return in the near future- sorry. However, it may be a possible venue for the ATF summer forum in 2020.

  • Neil Maher says:
    Posted August 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    During our visit to Staverton Park I could see that the dead wood which had been lying all over the place (where it fell presumably) had been moved closer to the mother trees thus enabling easier access to control the bracken, which for many years, has been a serious fire risk.
    This prompted me to consider giving the park another survey later in July to see how well the Oak Polypore (now reverted back to being called Buglossoporus quercinus again!) was doing. Unfortunately, come July and the bracken appeared to be even more vigorous so instead, I surveyed Staverton Thicks with Brian Douglas from Kew’s Lost and Found Project (the Oak Polypore is part of this project)
    The results were bad news … we only found 1 complete fruiting body (bracket) and all the others – roughly 10 – 12, had been eaten by deer leaving just the base of the fungus in the cracks of the dead oak branches lying on the ground. When the brackets are young they are very palatable to deer who eat the fleshy fungus before they have any chance producing spores. Sometimes, another bracket may be produced before the end of the fruiting season, but with only 1 single mature fruiting body seen on our visit to Staverton Thicks in 2017, the future doesn’t look too good for the Oak Polypore at Staverton – but is it right that deer numbers should be reduced to ensure the survival of a rare and protected fungus ?
    The 2 main species of deer present are the Muntjac and the Fallow Deer, neither of which are native to the UK.

    • Reg Harris says:
      Posted August 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Hey Neil,
      I’ll let Gary Battell know of your findings, so it can be fed back to the owners.
      Sorry to hear that the deer are eating the fungi, and I guess it’s a little ironic, considering it’s history as a deer park??
      Thank you for keeping us all posted Neil- your enthusiasm for your subject is really appreciated and respected

  • Reg Harris says:
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 7:09 am

    In conversation with Ted Green on this subject- he suggested that fungi use all sorts of organisms to transport themselves about- e.g truffles So, deer may also be possibly spreading spores and mycelium by eating fungi perhaps?? 🤔


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