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Wednesday 28th September to Friday 30th September 2016

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

Location: Rydal Hall, Cumbria

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This three-day 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’.

Participants will be given all the material needed to deliver the one day course including presentations and handouts. The course is a mix of indoor and outdoor activities and is intended to be interactive and participatory.

The content of the course includes topics such as the ageing process, the value of veteran trees for biodiversity and heritage, roots, management of veteran trees and site management.  It also covers techniques for training others in these topics. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance. Both the one day and three day courses were developed in five countries within the VETree project and have been fully tested.

Course delegates: There will be a maximum of 18 delegates on each course. The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in veteran trees and their management, such as foresters, land managers, conservation officers, and local authority officers, and those who plan to go on to teach the one-day course to others.

Delivery of the one-day ‘Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees’ course: It is hoped that delegates will go on to deliver the one day course to others such as colleagues, employees, volunteers and community groups. Resources for running this course will be provided to all delegates. Those who do go on to deliver the one-day course can choose whether or not to charge trainees.  If you use the VETree training materials commercially we will ask you to consider making a donation to the Ancient Tree Forum (suggested amount £10 per course delegate).

Venue: This course will be held at the tranquil Rydal Hall centre in Ambleside where some of the delegates will be able to stay in single rooms in the Hall.  There are extensive gardens with trees that can be used for some of the outdoor activities and delegates will also visit trees in the wider countryside of the Lake District.  We hope also to have an optional evening excursion to visit other veteran trees.

Overnight accommodation: Residential places have now been sold out, but non-residential places are still available for those who can make their own accommodation arrangements. It should be noted however that there is an evening session on Thursday which is part of the course, plus an optional evening walk/talk on the Wednesday.  Evening meals for these nights are bookable in advance and will cost £18 for non-residents.

Costs: The cost of the three day (non-residential) course is £360.

Objectives: We aim to provide you with the tools 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. To define trees that are of importance for biological or heritage values.
  2. To explain the fundamental principles of the biology of old trees including the importance of their root systems, the aging process, natural processes affecting trees and habitat development.
  3. To prepare a simple management plan for a veteran tree or group of veteran trees.
  4. To assess whether the population of trees is sustainable (on a site or a specified geographical area).
  5. To undertake a survey of a veteran tree in the field including giving specifications for management where appropriate.

Draft programme:

Day 1 10:00 – 16:30:  What are veteran trees?  How do you recognise them?  The biodiversity and heritage values associated with veteran trees.  Field visit with surveying and assessment exercises.  The aging process and decay. Optional evening excursion

Day 2 9.00 – 16:30 (plus evening):  Learning theory and teaching techniques.  Management of veteran trees.  Pruning techniques. Management plans for veteran trees.  Field visit to look at the management of veteran trees.

Day 3 9.00 – 15.30: Review of the content of the basic veteran tree management course.  Group teaching presentations and feedback.  The importance of roots and veteran trees.  Populations of veteran trees and their sustainability.  Time for questions and discussion.  Evaluation forms.

Booking Information

To book your place by credit card, debit card, or through Paypal, please click the ‘Book now’ button below.  You can also complete this form if you are unable to book this way and need us to send you an invoice with details of how to pay by cheque or Bacs transfer.

It should be noted that there are a limited number of places and once the course is full we will update the website with information about a reserve list. Meanwhile, in the unlikely event that we receive too many bookings at once we will let you know and refund you as soon as we are able to.

Email admin@ancienttreeforum.co.uk if you have any queries re booking, but please note that this email is checked on Monday mornings, and once later in the week so there may be a slight delay in responding.

In case of cancellation a full refund can be made up to 4 weeks before the course.  After this we will do our best to fill the place on the course but if this is not possible a full refund may not be possible

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