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29th April 2019

Woodland Trust are seeking a Conservation Adviser (Trees)

Would you like to work for the Woodland Trust in the above role? This key role will lead on embedding understanding and action across the Trust both internally and externally to help secure exemplary conservation outcomes for trees outside woods, particularly ancient and veteran trees, and for wood pasture and parkland habitats.

Interested? To find out more, click on the link below:

Woodland Trust Conservation Adviser – Trees

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26th April 2019

National Trust are seeking a Trees & Woodland Adviser

National Specialist – Trees & Woodland Adviser

Would you like to work for the National Trust in the above role? As a part of an ongoing investment into their Land and Nature objectives, the National Trust are now looking for a National Specialist – Trees and Woodland Adviser to take on this new role, to help them deliver on their huge ambitions for revitalising the role that Trees and Woodlands have in the National Trust.

To find out more, Please Click HERE

The closing date is 28 April 2019

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29th March 2019

Woodland Trust Conservation Research Prospectus

by Brian Muelaner

Woodland Trust Conservation Research Prospectus 2019

The Woodland Trust prospectus is primarily designed to communicate the Woodland Trust’s research interests with prospective research partners and funders. This will enable the Trust to better target their research programme to have the most impact on their work.

The Woodland Trust identified a number of priority evidence needs, which have been summarised and categorised across 5 key thematic areas, with a number of topics highlighted in the prospectus document. The topics in the prospectus do not outline specific research questions, but are designed to stimulate discussion and co-development of future projects.

From this point onwards, the research prospectus will be updated on an annual basis, to ensure the Woodland Trust are responding to emerging issues. If you are interested in discussed any of the topics in the prospectus, please get in touch with research@woodlandtrust.or.uk.



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27th March 2019

ATF seeks a volunteer treasurer

Do you have financial skills which you could put to good use by joining the Ancient Tree Forum as our treasurer?

We are seeking an active treasurer to join our board of trustees and help us with our work to promote the importance, care and protection of Britain’s unique ancient tree heritage.

We are looking for someone to maintain and oversee the ATF’s financial affairs as a volunteer treasurer and to ensure that proper financial records and internal procedures are maintained. Accounts are done on Sage, with the back up of spreadsheets. You will be working with a highly committed, friendly group of people.

If you are interested in this role, please click on the link below to view the job description or  Please Contact Us Here 

ATF Volunteer Trustee Treasurer Job Description 

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4th March 2019

VETcert is coming – can you help?

The Ancient Tree Forum and Arboricultural Association are looking for volunteers to help us test and improve our examination procedure. We are offering free, pilot examinations for VETcert to a limited number of professionals involved in veteran tree management, prior to the formal launch of VETcert.

We will be running exams in both the ‘Practising’ and ‘Consulting‘ levels of the VETcert scheme, on 30thand 31st May 2019, at Hatfield Forest, Essex.
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25th February 2019

Tree Council launches national plan to tackle ash dieback disease

The Tree Council has launched a national plan to tackle the threat to millions of Britain’s trees facing ash dieback disease

The Tree Council has developed a four-point plan to help local authorities fight ash dieback, the most significant tree disease to hit the UK since Dutch Elm disease emerged in the 1970s.

The plan, to be circulated as an easy-to-use “toolkit”, is designed to:

  • Raise awareness of the disease
  • Help councils create local action plans
  • Identify best practice for managing non-woodland trees
  • Advise on recovery and creation of alternative treescapes

Ash is the third most common tree in Britain and there are up to 60 million ash trees outside woodlands in the UK. Ash dieback was first officially recorded in the UK in 2012, with only a small fraction of trees proving resistant.

To read more about the Tree Council launch, Click Here.

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14th February 2019

VETcert multiplier event


The Ancient Tree Forum’s Training and Technical Officers, Helen Read and Jim Mullholland ran a ‘multiplier event’ as part of the VETcert project at Burnham Beeches on 13th February 2019.

The purpose of the event was to engage with a range of individuals and organisations who procure veteran tree management services. Representatives attended from a range of organisations including Natural England, Woodland Trust, National Trust, City of London, Historic England, Forestry England, Peoples Trust for Endangered Species, English Heritage, Arboricultural Association, The Royal Parks, Institute of Chartered Foresters, ProArb, Office of Public Works (Ireland) and Tracy Clarke Consultancy.

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8th February 2019

Ancient Tree Forum Sussex is launched

Credit: Woodland Trust

2019 sees the launch of ATF Sussex

Although Sussex has been well recorded for ancient and veteran trees, we believe there are still many more to be discovered.  The group’s main focus will be field visits, but we also hope to add unrecorded areas to the Ancient Tree Inventory, as well as reassessing the condition of trees already recorded. We will also engage with the public and private landowners to spread the word of the importance of ancient trees and their management within the county, and to help encourage the future generation of ancient trees.

The next meeting of ATF Sussex is likely to take place in May 2019 (date and venue to be confirmed).

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