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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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5th September 2019

VETcert project concludes


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.

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31st August 2019

Ted Green receives first VETcert certificate


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.

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27th June 2019

Appointment of New Role of Chief Executive Officer for the Ancient Tree Forum

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.”

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26th June 2019

VETcert – register your interest

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.

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12th June 2019

ATF Sussex Official Launch at Sheffield Park & Garden 11 May 2019

Credit all photos: Derek Lefley and the Woodland Trust

Some 50-odd people gathered at the National Trust’s glorious Sheffield Park, on an equally glorious spring Saturday, to attend the inaugural Sussex ATF Group event. We began within the NT’s Tea Room’s with some necessary preliminaries, including some fine (and brief!) presentations introducing the Ancient Tree Forum, Sussex’s ancient trees, the Ancient Tree Inventory, and Sheffield Park itself. A quick break and then to the main event: out onto the site, to take in a sample of the amazing trees that it has to offer, in this case beginning with the gardens. We were expertly guided by Tom Hill, Trees & Woodland Officer for the National Trust, supported by Chris Skinner (Sheffield Park Gardener) and Tom Burns (Ranger). We were also joined by Sarah George (Plumpton College Lecturer) who has helped to survey the estate’s veteran tree population (180+ trees) this year with 14 Countryside Management students. See link the below for more information.

ATF Sussex launch event Sheffield Park

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