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3rd July 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 May 2018

DEFRA: Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

DEFRA have launched a consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill. This new piece of legislation will mark the creation of a new, world-leading, statutory and independent environmental watchdog to hold government to account on our environmental ambitions and obligations once we have left the EU. This new body will work alongside a new policy statement setting out the environmental principles that will guide successful and sustainable policy-making, marking the beginning of a new era for our environment.

Give your view on our environmental principles

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8th May 2018

National Planning Policy Framework Consultation

The ATF has just submitted a formal consultation response on the proposed revised National Planning Policy Framework. The NPPF sets the policy context for all planning decisions so it is crucial to make sure it protects what is important to us. We have consistently requested that ancient and veteran trees are considered irreplaceable habitat and that ancient wood pasture is considered at the same level as ancient woodland, but what did the proposed new document say?

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16th April 2018

Veteran Tree Management Standards finalised


The Ancient Tree Forum is one of ten European partners in the VETcert, a project seeking to develop a certification scheme for those who work with veteran trees. In December the Ancient Tree Forum launched a public consultation to seek views on the draft standards and determine areas in need of improvement. With over 350 responses received, the public consultation was deemed a success.

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5th April 2018

ATF Spring Visit to Blenheim

Blenheim Palace was the venue for the Ancient Tree Forum’s 2018 spring field visit, as Jim Mullholland, Training and Technical Officer reports.

After a brief welcome, the day began in earnest, with attendees shepherded into the back of the shoot lorry for transportation to High Park. Upon dismounting from the lorry we gathered beneath a veteran beech tree adjacent to a track. Paul Orsi, our guide for the day, introduced himself, detailing his responsibilities whilst employed by the estate. Although he has now moved on to pastures new, Paul’s knowledge of the estate and its trees was second to none, making him the perfect guide for the day.

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Posted by: Jim Mullholland Jim is the Ancient Tree Forum's Training and Technical Officer. He has a background in ecology and arboriculture, and has worked as a tree officer. He has a particular interest in veteran trees and bats.

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3rd April 2018

ATF/WT joint response to the consultation on revision to Planning Law in Wales

Below is ATF/WT joint response to the consultation on revision to Planning Law in Wales Chapter 15 of Planning Law In Wales – Works to Protected Trees . These proposals follow on from the recommendations of a ‘Task and finish Group’ set up to look especially at the protection of ancient, veteran and heritage trees on which both ATF and WT were represented and made strong representation to make key changes which have prevented the protection of veteran trees.

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Woodland Trust Campaign – Better protection for ancients

by Brian Muelaner

The Woodland Trust have added a new Campaign which we at the Ancient Tree Forum would love you to get involved with:

Due to weak planning policy, England has been losing huge chunks of incredible woodland habitat to development which was simply not necessary in that location – like car parks, holiday lodges, golf courses and paintballing centres. So we’re thrilled that the Government is prepared to take action – and not before time!

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3rd March 2018

DEFRA: Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

Last week saw the launch of ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’, the government’s consultation paper on the future of farming and the environment after the UK leaves the EU. This document heralds the most significant change for agriculture since the UK joined the EU. Read the document on GOV.UK.

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21st February 2018

ATF Wessex is looking for a new chair.


David Blake, ATF Wessex chair, and co-founder, has stepped down following relocating to Scotland. The Ancient Tree Forum would like to thank David for all of his great work in setting up and running a number of successful ATF Wessex events since it’s inception.

Do you have a passion for veteran trees in the Wessex area? If you would like to help with the running of ATF Wessex please get in touch.


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14th February 2018

Sustainable Soils Alliance Launch and Call to Action!


The event report for the October launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA) is now available to read on the their website (see here).

It contains their eight-point Call to Action, an overview of the main priority areas for government and stakeholder intervention needed to reverse the crisis in our soils and restore them to health within one generation – from incentives and regulation to education, training, monitoring and evaluation.

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