23rd February 2020
Summer Forum 2020
Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th July
Call for papers
The Ancient Tree Forum’s 2020 summer forum will be held at Staverton Park, Suffolk. The theme for this year’s forum will be ‘How do we ensure ancient trees form part of our future landscapes?’
We welcome the submission of papers on the theme of ancient and other veteran tree management and would be particularly interested in presentations that relate to the:
- Looking after what we have
- Planning for the future
Proposals should include the following information.
- Job title and organisation (if relevant)
- Brief biography (no more than 100 words)
- Title of talk
- Abstract – a summary of content up to 300 words.
We have speaker slots of varying lengths from 15 to 30 minutes. Please indicate which you would prefer. For more information, or to submit a paper, please email email@example.com
The deadline for proposals is Monday 16th March 2020. In return for presenting, the speakers’ package will include attendance at both days of the forum, lunches, and Thursday evening meal. (Please note that we are unable to cover travel and accommodation expenses.)
Please forward this call for papers to anyone you think may be interested in contributing.
20th December 2019
Save the date – the 2020 Summer Forum will be held on 14 & 15 July in Suffolk. The Summer Forum will be a joint event between the Ancient Tree Forum and Suffolk County Council. More information on venues and timings will be provided in due course.
18th December 2019
ATF Sussex visit to Cowdray Park
Bob Epsom reports on the group’s recent visit to Cowdray Park in West Sussex.
11th December 2019
Pruning Veteran Fruit Trees – details of an Orchards East workshop for qualified arborists only.
The workshop is for arborists with an interest in pruning and undertaking restorative work to veteran apple and pear trees.
From 1000 to 1630 on March 7 2020 at Ricebridge Orchard, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex
Please contact Howard Jones at Howard.Jones@uea.ac.uk for more information.
10th December 2019
ATF Wessex visit to Mottisfont Abbey
Julian Hight, ATF Wessex chair, reports on the group’s summer visit to Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.
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!)