17th May 2016
New training officer for the ATF
In April 2016 Jim Mullholland started working for the Ancient Tree Forum as the new Training and Technical Officer.
Jim will help the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) continue to deliver the one-day ‘Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees’ training course and three-day advanced courses aimed at trainers, which were devised as part of the VETree project. He will also help expand the ATF’s range of projects. Jim says: ‘I’m looking forward to continuing the great work that the ATF is already involved with, as well as getting out and about to meet people to talk about trees.’ He takes over from Helen Read who previously co-ordinated training for the ATF.
Jim has a background in ecology and arboriculture, with a particular interest in bats. ‘I originally trained as a bat worker in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire where my interest in veteran trees developed. Whilst working as a bat ecologist I took the opportunity to re-train in arboriculture and, having completed various qualifications, I made the transition fully into arboriculture by taking the position of Tree and Woodland Officer with Wiltshire Council; a job that I will continue alongside working for the ATF.’
Before starting his new job, Jim had just returned from his honeymoon in Australia where he spent some time looking at fantastic myrtle beech trees Lophozonia cunninghamii at Mait’s Rest near Apollo Bay (see picture) and the curtain fig Ficus virens on the Atherton Tableland.
Jim currently works two days a week and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org