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27th July 2016

Under the trees in Dorset

Brian Muelaner

Under a Minterne oak

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:

Presentation by David Alderman on the Ancient Tree Inventory

Presentation by Julian Hight on the Forest of Selwood

Presentation by Koen Smets on research from Belgium into ancient limes and genetic composition

Keith Alexander on Capability Brown, wood pasture habitat and saproxylic beetles

Presentation by Leslie Pearman  on an ecological overview of Capability Brown landscapes

Presentation by Saul Herbert on wood pasture restoration at Moccas

Presentation by Vikki Bengtsson and Helen Read on training developments at the ATF

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.

Brian Muelaner

Veteran ash and scrub at Turnworth

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.

Hannah Solloway

Photographing bracket fungi at Minterne



Posted by: Hannah Solloway Hannah is the Development Officer for the Ancient Tree Forum.

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