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18th November 2018

ATF London’s visit to Hampstead Heath on Thursday 8 November 2018

Greg Packman, Chair of ATF London writes:

‘A massive thank you to the arb team at Hampstead Heath for hosting the Ancient Tree Forum London group’s autumn meeting last week. A really great day looking at many non-ancient veteran trees and the industry leading tree management that occurs there and also looking at people management, soil health and mycology. A very underrated element of tree management but continuity of management is so important in responsible tree management and as we learnt, three members of staff at Hampstead alone have almost 100 years of combined experience there! The use of photo records and pioneering management of trees and decay fungi was fascinating and has had a very positive impact upon the wider industry. We were also treated to a special guest appearance from Michael Palin out for a jog!!#

Posted by: Kate Crook

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  • Aaron Sheppard says:
    Posted November 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

    It was an excellent walk through the heath. Never been before and my first visit with the ATF. I hope there will be chance for further walk and talks and such in the South East. The information given was invaluable and many of the veteran trees we looked at were remarkable.

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  • Linda Dolata says:
    Posted November 28, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks due especially to Dave Humphries for all the information. Hampstead Heath has an interesting history, and the oldest trees (mostly beech and oak) include ones marking old Parish or Manor boundaries and grown out hedgelines- given the proximity to Central London, their survival is pretty amazing.

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