‘The beauty of London is that veteran trees can be found across historic hunting grounds, heaths and grazed commons; cemeteries, graveyards, gardens and arboretums as well as the many stately homes and estates, all within the M25’ says Greg Packman, who will be leading a new ATF group for London.
It was announced at the ATF’s summer conference in Epping that the new group would be forming. ‘The aim of the group will be to take forward the work of the Ancient Tree Forum in the nation’s capital, 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 field visits, ATF London aims to organise recording parties to document some of the many unknown veteran trees of London onto the Ancient Tree Inventory, says Greg. He also plans to engage with organisations such as the London Tree Officers Association and local community groups in order to raise awareness of good practice in the management of veteran trees.
The inaugural field visit is expected to be held at Kensington Gardens in Autumn 2017, and details will be placed on the ATF’s events pages.
Greg Packman is an arboriculturalist for The Royal Parks. If you are interested in being part of ATF London or have ideas for future events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.