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18th November 2018

ATF London’s visit to Hampstead Heath on Thursday 8 November 2018

Greg Packman, Chair of ATF London writes:

‘A massive thank you to the arb team at Hampstead Heath for hosting the Ancient Tree Forum London group’s autumn meeting last week. A really great day looking at many non-ancient veteran trees and the industry leading tree management that occurs there and also looking at people management, soil health and mycology. A very underrated element of tree management but continuity of management is so important in responsible tree management and as we learnt, three members of staff at Hampstead alone have almost 100 years of combined experience there! The use of photo records and pioneering management of trees and decay fungi was fascinating and has had a very positive impact upon the wider industry. We were also treated to a special guest appearance from Michael Palin out for a jog!!#

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13th November 2018

ATF Visit to Lowther October 2018

Lowther Oak in October 2018

Lowther Oak in October 2018

Report by Clare de Villanueva, ATF Projects Officer, on our visit to Lowther Estate, Penrith, Cumbria on 11 October 2018

The weather forecast was not without hope as a fantastic turnout gathered in the village hall for our introduction from our Lowther expert, Ian Jack. Ian Jack is the recently retired Director of Lowther Forestry after 35 years, with unrivalled knowledge on the estate’s trees, woodlands, parkland and pasture. He is also the founding member of ATF Cumbria.

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25th October 2018

ATF Yorkshire and East Midlands Visit to Chatsworth 12 May 2018

Credit: Sam McQueen

Credit all photos: Sam McQueen

The inaugural meeting of the Yorkshire and East Midlands branch of the ATF was held at Chatsworth in the Peak District this spring.

Over forty people were allowed a rare glimpse inside the Old Deer Park, which is closed to the public, as well as taking in the many younger, but still significant, trees elsewhere in the park. Chatsworth’s Head Forester, John Everitt, showed us around, after an introduction where he described the range of tree and woodland interest on the estate, which spreads across two counties and includes semi-natural ancient woodland, commercial conifer plantation and lots of great old trees in parkland. He outlined a sensible ethos of maximising commercial return where possible (within strict environmental parameters) in order to fund good conservation management in areas that aren’t commercially viable.

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23rd October 2018

“You Can’t See the Trees for the Woods’’ A photographic exhibition by Marion Sidebottom, MA, ARPS

Marion was the Artist-in-Residence in Epping Forest from April 2017 to March 2018. She is an award-winning photographer, educated with an unusual mix of a science degree and Masters of Art, and is also an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She was awarded Arts Council England Funding for her year-long project called “You Can’t See the Trees for the Woods”.

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2nd October 2018

The Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018 winners are out! 

Greg Packman, our London ATF Organiser, has been listed on Pro Landscaper Magazine’s ’30 Under 30: The Next Generation’ for 2018. This is a UK wide award that covers all aspects of the landscaping profession including horticulture, garden/landscape design, consultancy, grounds maintenance, contract management and plant nurseries as well as arboriculture; of the top 30, he is one of only two representatives for arboriculture. As the other person is a tree surgeon Greg is the only representative from the tree officer/consultancy side of the industry.

Congratulations Greg!

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20th September 2018

NEW DATE Ancient Tree Recording Bishop’s Court, Sowton, East Devon – Sunday 30 September 2018

NEW DATE – SUNDAY 30 September 2018

Are you able to help the Project of Great Trees in the Clyst Valley this Sunday? This project is managed by East Devon District Council and has been made possible through the generous support of The Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Woodland Trust, Devon County Council, Environment Agency Devon Gardens Trust, Parishes Together, and E.ON

 Great Trees in the Clyst Valley

This coming Sunday, 23rd September 9.30-13.30 they are recording ancient and veteran trees at Bishop’s Court, Sowton. This is a beautiful historic landscape of parkland surrounding a medieval bishop’s palace. They could really do with some more volunteers to help them.

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17th September 2018

The Church in Wales Ancient Yew Initiative

The Representative Body of the Church in Wales (Registered Charity No. 1142813), supported by the Ancient Yew Group of Britain, has allocated a small fund for professional arboricultural advice on an ad hoc basis about the care and sensitive management of ancient and notable Yew trees within its churchyards.

As custodians of these trees of national and international importance, we are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified arboricultural consultants with the passion, interest and experience of heritage trees to undertake tree inspections, providing clear management recommendations suitable for non-specialists, and to form an advisory panel that can be drawn from as and when necessary.

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12th September 2018

Ancient Tree Forum clothing – back by popular demand


We are pleased to be able to offer a range of Ancient Tree Forum clothing in partnership with Teemill.

All items are made of 100% organic cotton, sustainably sourced and ethically produced. Each item can be fully traced through their website, providing peace of mind.

We have started with a small range of items and plan to add more in the future, make sure you check back for updates.

The ATF store can be found here.

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15th August 2018

Wessex ATF visit to Montacute 7 August 2018

Julian Hight, who chairs ATF Wessex, reports on the group’s summer visit to Montacute in Somerset.

Around 47 people arrived on the morning of 7th August at Montacute House in Somerset for the fifth Wessex ATF field visit. Assembling at the old stable block, after introductions we were treated to a short sylvan history of the estate by George Holmes – National Trust Lead Ranger for south Somerset – our host for the day.
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