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Tuesday 28th February 2017

First meeting of ATF Wessex

Location: Kingston Lacy and Holt in Dorset

Simon Ford

Ancient oak at Holt Heath

The inaugural meeting of the ATF’s newest regional group will include visits to two of Dorset’s key sites for ancient and other veteran trees – Kingston Lacy and Holt.

The purpose of the day, explains David Blake, who leads the new ATF Wessex group, is to inspire people to get involved with the group, to get them to suggest sites, topics and themes that can be addressed in the future and to volunteer to take the lead on future site visits: ‘During the day, you will see inspiring trees, meet fascinating people and hear the stories of the trees and their surroundings. We hope that you will want to get involved in the work of the ATF in Wessex in some way: recording and measuring, researching, protecting and, above all enjoying, ancient and veteran trees.

The day will begin at 10am at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy at 10am where there will be a number of presentations, and an opportunity to walk around the parkland (pictured below). The afternoon will be spent at nearby Holt (pictured above), and end at around 4pm, but people are welcome to attend for just the morning if they prefer.

Brian Muelaner

Sweet chestnuts at Kingston Lacy

Attendees will need to bring their own lunch, but teas and coffees will be provided. There will be a considerable amount of walking so attendees should wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Booking Information

Booking will be on a first come first served basis.  Those interested should contact Hilary Abbott by telephone on 01747 873257 or by emailing hilary.abbott@nationaltrust.org.uk.

For those who are unable to attend, the group is planning to arrange a similar day in the Autumn

1 Comments | Leave a Comment

  • Ian Jack says:
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    All the best from Cumbria. It looks fantastic. Hope you have a great day.


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