4th March 2019
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.
25th February 2019
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.
14th February 2019
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.
8th February 2019
The Ancient Tree Forum is seeking someone with the right blend of skills, experience and enthusiasm to become our first Chief Executive Officer.
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).
10th January 2019
Click here to book your place on this year’s Summer Forum at Sherwood Forest.
29th November 2018
ATF East Anglia’s Visit to Weald Country Park, Brentwood
21 July 2018
A warm sunny day greeted around 40 people at Weald Country Park, situated north-west of Brentwood, a world away from the nearby A12/M25. The walk was led by Jim Curry, a local arborist from Harlow who has worked on the park’s veteran trees and whose knowledge of the site and navigation skills proved invaluable. Before setting off Jim explained Weald was originally owned by Waltham Abbey and became a deer park in the 12th century. Part was then converted in the late 17th-early 18th century into a Capability Brown style landscape. The park was in private ownership until bought by Essex County Council in 1951 and opened as a country park a couple of years later.
22nd November 2018
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.
18th 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!!#
13th November 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.