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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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25th October 2018

ATF Yorkshire and East Midlands Visit to Chatsworth 12 May 2018

Credit: Sam McQueen

Credit all photos: Sam McQueen

The inaugural meeting of the Yorkshire and East Midlands branch of the ATF was held at Chatsworth in the Peak District this spring.

Over forty people were allowed a rare glimpse inside the Old Deer Park, which is closed to the public, as well as taking in the many younger, but still significant, trees elsewhere in the park. Chatsworth’s Head Forester, John Everitt, showed us around, after an introduction where he described the range of tree and woodland interest on the estate, which spreads across two counties and includes semi-natural ancient woodland, commercial conifer plantation and lots of great old trees in parkland. He outlined a sensible ethos of maximising commercial return where possible (within strict environmental parameters) in order to fund good conservation management in areas that aren’t commercially viable.

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23rd October 2018

“You Can’t See the Trees for the Woods’’ A photographic exhibition by Marion Sidebottom, MA, ARPS

Marion was the Artist-in-Residence in Epping Forest from April 2017 to March 2018. She is an award-winning photographer, educated with an unusual mix of a science degree and Masters of Art, and is also an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She was awarded Arts Council England Funding for her year-long project called “You Can’t See the Trees for the Woods”.

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2nd October 2018

The Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018 winners are out! 

Greg Packman, our London ATF Organiser, has been listed on Pro Landscaper Magazine’s ’30 Under 30: The Next Generation’ for 2018. This is a UK wide award that covers all aspects of the landscaping profession including horticulture, garden/landscape design, consultancy, grounds maintenance, contract management and plant nurseries as well as arboriculture; of the top 30, he is one of only two representatives for arboriculture. As the other person is a tree surgeon Greg is the only representative from the tree officer/consultancy side of the industry.

Congratulations Greg!

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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


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20th September 2018

NEW DATE Ancient Tree Recording Bishop’s Court, Sowton, East Devon – Sunday 30 September 2018

NEW DATE – SUNDAY 30 September 2018

Are you able to help the Project of Great Trees in the Clyst Valley this Sunday? This project is managed by East Devon District Council and has been made possible through the generous support of The Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Woodland Trust, Devon County Council, Environment Agency Devon Gardens Trust, Parishes Together, and E.ON

 Great Trees in the Clyst Valley

This coming Sunday, 23rd September 9.30-13.30 they are recording ancient and veteran trees at Bishop’s Court, Sowton. This is a beautiful historic landscape of parkland surrounding a medieval bishop’s palace. They could really do with some more volunteers to help them.

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17th September 2018

The Church in Wales Ancient Yew Initiative

The Representative Body of the Church in Wales (Registered Charity No. 1142813), supported by the Ancient Yew Group of Britain, has allocated a small fund for professional arboricultural advice on an ad hoc basis about the care and sensitive management of ancient and notable Yew trees within its churchyards.

As custodians of these trees of national and international importance, we are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified arboricultural consultants with the passion, interest and experience of heritage trees to undertake tree inspections, providing clear management recommendations suitable for non-specialists, and to form an advisory panel that can be drawn from as and when necessary.

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