Working in partnership
We work closely with partners from a range of voluntary and public sector organisations including the Woodland Trust, the National Trust, Natural England, the Arboricultural Association, the Tree Council and the Municipal Tree Officers Association. This enables us to deliver joint projects, produce joint resources and papers and put together consortium funding bids.
The ATF and its members and supporters have also developed links with numerous organisations and individuals working with ancient and other veteran trees overseas. In Europe we forged strong links with partner organisations in Sweden, Spain, Romania and Belgium, through VETree. The ATF was a partner in this successful project which ran for two years until December 2014, with funding from the European Union, National Trust and Natural England. Its achievements have included the development of a course in Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees which is being taught across Europe, and a series of nine freely available films on managing veteran trees.
The Ancient Tree Forum has produced a Concordat (see below) to outline the commitment it requires from partner organisations and governments, to safeguard our ancient and veteran trees and ensure we have future generations of them. So far, the Concordat has been signed by the following organisations in the UK:
- The National Trust
- The Municipal Tree Officers Association
- The Ancient Yew Group
- The Arboricultural Association
- Historic England
- English Heritage Trust
It has also been signed by the following overseas organisations:
- The Swedish Arborists Foundation
- Ente Parco dell Etna (Sicily)