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21st September 2018

VETcert – under a year to go!


The Ancient Tree Forum is one of ten European partners in VETcert, a project seeking to develop a certification scheme for those who work with veteran trees. With less than a year remaining, the project team have been knuckling down to finalise the project’s outcomes.

In September the partners met in the town of Guingamp in Brittany, France. Before the serious business started, we were treated to a visit of Brittany’s finest veteran trees on the Sunday, or ‘des arbres remarquables’ if you prefer. The partners were joined by Ted Green and Jill Butler who happened to be in France at the time. Monday morning rolled around quickly, bringing the start of the two-day meeting.

With the Veteran Tree Management Standards now finalised, attention turned to the production of new training material. Pro Natura, one of the Swedish partners, gave an update on their work on the production of new training material. Rough edits of new ‘pole thinning of lapsed pollards’ and ‘reduction via ring barking’ training videos were shown. These new videos will follow a similar format to the videos produced as part of the VETree project (click here for VETree videos).

Following this, the Arboricultural Association updated the partners on their work developing the structure and function of the certification scheme (the nuts and bolts of how it will work) and examination procedures. The partners will be meeting again in January for a five-day workshop in Spain that will seek to test this proposed examination procedure.

Further updates will be provided during course of the project. If you have any queries about VETcert please Contact Us Here


Posted by: Jim Mullholland Jim is the Ancient Tree Forum's Training and Technical Officer. He has a background in ecology and arboriculture, and has worked as a tree officer. He has a particular interest in veteran trees and bats.

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