Gloucestershire plays home to many sporadic ancient and veteran specimens, as well as having particular areas with high concentrations of such trees. Encompassing most of The Cotswolds AONB, our beautiful county is adorned with hollow ash pollards from the 19th and early 20th century and majestic oaks from even earlier. I greatly relish the opportunity to promote our county in respect of its ancient and veteran tree stock ’ says Tom Hamments, who will lead the ATF group for Gloucestershire.
The aim of the group is to take forward the work of the Ancient Tree Forum in Gloucestershire, raising awareness of the importance of ancient and other veteran trees: where they can occur, their ecological and cultural value, how to manage risk and retention and especially how these trees compliment and improve formal and informal landscapes.’
As well as running regular field visits, ATF Gloucestershire plans to deliver training courses to its members and the public, attend regional shows to promote the work of the ATF and have an active role in advising tree owners on management.
If you would like to know more about ATF Gloucestershire and also the Ancient Tree Forum, please Subscribe Here to the ATF newsletter (and remember to tick the Gloucestershire region). If you are interested in being part of ATF Gloucestershire or have ideas for future events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.