27th July 2016
Under the trees in Dorset
Over a hundred people attended each day of the ATF’s annual two-day summer conference, which took place in Dorset this year. It got a little crowded under the trees, but plenty of ideas were exchanged, there were some lively discussions, and some fabulous sites to visit.
There was a varied programme of talks in the mornings, on topics ranging from the genetic composition of ancient limes in Belgium, to wood pasture restoration at Moccas, and saproxylic beetles in Capability Brown designed landscapes. Most of these presentations can be downloaded below:
The ATF would like to thank all the speakers who gave their time to come along to the conference and share their work with the delegates.
The afternoons were spent out and about visiting trees. The first day’s field trip was to Turnworth Down (above), where the wood pasture is grazed by cattle, allowing scrub to grow around the veteran trees and provide them with some protection. Delegates also visited the amazing, layering Bulbarrow Yew and Herringston estate near Dorchester. The second afternoon was spent in the gardens and estate at Minterne Magna, where features of interest included a beech with Ganoderma brackets (below) and some fabulous ancient oaks (pictured top of page), some of which were notable for their Lobarion lichen community.