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23rd February 2020

ATF Summer Forum 2020 – Call for Papers

Staverton (photo credit: Gary Battell)

Staverton (photo credit: Gary Battell)

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.

  1. Name
  2. Job title and organisation (if relevant)
  3. Brief biography (no more than 100 words)
  4. Title of talk
  5. 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 admin@ancienttreeforum.co.uk

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.

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20th December 2019

ATF Summer Forum 2020 – save the date!

Staverton (photo credit: Gary Battell)


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.

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1st November 2019

Veteran Tree Trail project concludes


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:

Ashtead Common Veteran Tree Trail

Burnham Beeches Veteran Tree Trail 

Epping Forest Veteran Tree Trail

Hampstead Heath Veteran Tree Trail

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31st October 2019

A Month of Trees and People (or tree people, as Ted Green calls you all)

Laura Alcock-Ferguson with Clare de Villeneuva and Paul Hewitt from NT Wallington, Northumberland, for the ATF’s autumn field visit.  Photo credit: Elizabeth Hallissey, National Trust Wallington

“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.

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Posted by: Laura Alcock-Ferguson

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27th October 2019

ATF Autumn 2019 field visit to Wallington, Northumberland

Wallington                                                                                                   Photo credit: David Clayden

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!)




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Posted by: Julia Nicholas

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