14th November 2019
Karen Mclellan is recording ancient and veteran trees in Cumbria (mostly north and east Cumbria). If you’d like to contribute, please could you contact her via email:
1st November 2019
Over the last two years the Ancient Tree Forum has been working with City of London to setup Veteran Tree Trails at Ashtead Common, Burnham Beeches, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath. The trails highlight the good practice veteran tree management that has been undertaken at these sites for the last 30 years. To publicise the project, launch events for professionals and guided tours for local users were held at each site during 2019. Despite the project coming to an end, the trails will continue to be available for people to visit and learn about veteran tree management at these sites. More information can be found here:
31st October 2019
“The reasons trees grow are both natural and social, but where they grow and are allowed to remain depends not so much on forest ecology as upon processes of political economy”
- Nikolas Heynen (with thanks to John Parker from Arb Association for this quote)
In my first month as CEO of the ATF I have visited beautiful hollow crab-apple veteran trees at Wallington NT, Northumberland; the site of this country’s basis in parliamentary democracy at the Ankerwyke Yew at Runnymede; and I have marvelled at the hunkering-down ancient oaks and beautiful old lime trees at Windsor Great Park.
27th October 2019
It’s becoming the norm now for all our field visits to be fully booked well before the event, but whilst organising our most northerly event in Northumberland, an area not currently covered by an ATF regional group, we didn’t know what to expect! As it was we received an incredibly warm welcome from a professionally diverse mix of individuals (and collected a long waiting list!)
Guildford Borough Council
6th September 2019
ATF Wessex visit to Stock Gaylard
Julian Hight, ATF Wessex chair, reports on the group’s summer visit to Stock Gaylard in Dorset.
5th September 2019
The end of August saw the Erasmus+ funded VETcert project come to a conclusion. For the past 33 months project partners from seven different countries have been working to develop a certification scheme for those who manage veteran trees.
31st August 2019
Ancient Tree Forum founder president, Ted Green, was the first person to become certificated under the recently launched VETcert. The certificate was awarded in recognition of the important work Ted has undertaken over the last 30+ years to educate and raise awareness of these special trees.
27th June 2019
The Ancient Tree Forum (ATF), UK’s only charity dedicated to the protection of our nation’s old trees, is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Alcock-Ferguson as our first Chief Executive Officer.
Laura is joining the ATF from The Campaign to End Loneliness.
ATF’s Chair, Russell Miller said:
“The UK is home to a huge number of ancient trees, many of which are internationally important habitats in their own right. The ATF pioneers the conservation of ancient trees and our first CEO will increase our capacity to preserve, protect and celebrate these priceless trees.”
Laura Alcock-Ferguson said:
“I’m pleased to be joining the Ancient Tree Forum at a time when the urgency of protecting biodiversity and the natural world is paramount. There is huge biodiversity within ancient trees and ATF’s specialism in protecting them, built over the last 20 years, is needed by many landowners across the UK in order to maintain and protect these cultural and natural assets. ATF’s skill is already sought and shared worldwide. I look forward to working with partners, funders, those in the industry and volunteers and citizen scientists, to bring these beloved and threatened trees into greater care and protection for future generations.”
26th June 2019
With the end of the VETcert project rapidly approaching, the Ancient Tree Forum and Arboricultural Association are gearing up to run deliver training and examinations for people who wish to go through the VETcert process.
Due to anticipated high demand for VETcert exams, we are asking people to register their interest by completing our form; see link below. Completing the form will register your interest but does not commit you to sitting an exam. Completing the form will be enable us to plan an appropriate number of exams in suitable areas.
Complete the form here.