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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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22nd November 2018

Fancy a free place to the Ancient Tree Forum summer forum?


New for 2019 we are able to offer three free places to the Ancient Tree Forum Summer Forum for the following:

  • First time conference delegates.
  • Under 30’s.
  • Overseas delegates.

It’s easy to apply, Contact Us (choose Summer Forum from the dropdown list) stating your name, occupation, organisation and which category you’d like to apply for.

We ask that the winners produce a short review of the summer forum that we can publish.

The deadline for applications is 31 January, we will inform the lucky winners by 11 February.


Competition Terms and Conditions:

Proof of age required if applying for under 30’s category.

Proof of address required if applying for overseas category.

All applicants are asked to like or follow our Facebook and Twitter pages and share our posts about bookings for the Summer Forum.

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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!!#

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13th November 2018

ATF Visit to Lowther October 2018

Lowther Oak in October 2018

Lowther Oak in 2005

Report by Clare de Villanueva, ATF Projects Officer, on our visit to Lowther Estate, Penrith, Cumbria on 11 October 2018

The weather forecast was not without hope as a fantastic turnout gathered in the village hall for our introduction from our Lowther expert, Ian Jack. Ian Jack is the recently retired Director of Lowther Forestry after 35 years, with unrivalled knowledge on the estate’s trees, woodlands, parkland and pasture. He is also the founding member of ATF Cumbria.

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