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On these pages you will find links to a number of books which the Ancient Tree Forum and its partners have produced.

  • Ancient and other veteran trees: further guidance on management

    Edited by David Lonsdale

    Softback or e-book - published in February 2013.

    This 212 page handbook from the Ancient Tree Forum brings together the collective wisdom on the management of ancient and veteran trees for the benefit of owners, advisers and practitioners. It is a new, updated standard for the care and management of ancient and other veteran trees, which will serve those who own and manage old trees for decades to come. The book recognises that, alongside the appreciation of old trees, there are responsibilities for their continuity, protection and care.

    The cost of £30 includes postage and packing within the UK. If you wish to order multiple copies, or have the book delivered overseas, please email admin@ancienttreeforum.co.uk. Click on the link below and you can pay through Paypal, or check out as a guest, and pay by credit or debit card.

    This book is also available to download for FREE as a PDF e-book. It is our ethos as a not for profit organisation to make information available as freely as possible but if you wish to make a donation to support the Ancient Tree Forum, any contribution would be most gratefully received.

    Cost: £30.00

    Download the PDF e-book for free >>

  • Veteran Trees: A guide to good management

    Helen Read

    Published by English Nature in February 2000

    Helen Read is a conservation officer at the City of London (Burnham Beeches) and a founder member of the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF). This handbook, to which a number of other ATF members also contributed, contains a wealth of information on management issues for ancient and other veteran trees.

    The handbook is also available in Spanish (see below)

    Download Veteran Trees: A guide to good management >>



  • Veteran Trees: A guide to risk and responsibility

    By Neville Fay, Charles Mynors and Caroline Davis

    Published by English Nature in 2000

    This guide, which was produced by the Veteran Trees Initiative, is concerned primarily with the physical structure of old trees and the risks posed by their potential for breakage or collapse.

    Download Veteran Trees: A guide to risk and responsibility >>

  • Arboles Viejos: Guía para una buena gestión


    Veteran Trees: A guide to good management (see above), translated by Alvaro Sicilia García

    Download Arboles Viejos: Guía para una buena gestión >>


  • Pollard and Veteran Tree Management

    Published in 1991 by the City of London Corporation

    This collection of papers edited by Helen Read includes an introductory paper by Oliver Rackham, a historical review of pollarding at Burnham Beeches, and papers on pollarding in Hatfield Forest and Epping Forest.

    Download Pollard and Veteran Tree Management >>

  • Pollard and Veteran Tree Management 2

    Published in 1993 by the City of London Corporation

    Following on from the 1992 collection, papers cover topics on organisms associated with ancient trees, case studies from Moccas Park, Windsor and other sites, and management techniques. Edited by Helen Read.

    Download Pollard and Veteran Tree Management 2 >>

  • Trees - a Lifespan Approach

    Contributions to arboriculture from European practioners by Dirk Dujesiefken, Neville Fay, Jan-Willem de Groot and Nigel de Berker

    Published in 2016 by Roads for Nature

    Arboricultural perspectives from three different European countries. This book brings ancient tree-inspired knowledge, and observations of the ageing process to inform management principles for trees in all age classes. It can be freely accessed.

    Download Trees – a Lifespan Approach >>

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