ATF  Newsletter - December 2020
ATF group photo from 2003 including some of the recently retired trustees: (seated) Jill Butler; (standing) (4th from left) Keith Alexander, (7th from left) John Smith, (9th from left, in purple jumper) Caroline Davis, (10th from left) Dave Clayden, plus the incoming trustee (8th from left) Vikki Bengtsson

Changes to the ATF board of trustees

The ATF has been going through a period of significant change. Part of this process has included recruiting our first CEO; discussing with 175+ of you about the ATF’s future priorities in our on-going strategic review; and succession planning to ensure that the board has longevity and fresh voices, whilst at the same time complying with Charity Commission guidelines. 

To this effect, we have recently seen two phases of retirement of long-serving ATF trustees, and the stepping-down of another owing to personal circumstances.  Whilst we are sorry to see them go, they have left a deep impression on the ATF that we will strive to build on in the coming years.

Following these changes, the ATF currently has five trustees (as we have recently welcomed Vikki Bengtsson back onto the board).  

Ideally, we should have eight to ten trustees, so will begin recruitment for new trustees in early 2021. Please keep an eye on the newsletter and website for more details as we are keen to see our supporters who might wish to become an ATF trustee find out more about the role and process.

In addition, our Chair of trustees, Russell Miller, has recently informed the board that he intends to stand down by the AGM in Autumn 2021. So, from December 2020 we will begin the process of recruiting a new Chair of trustees.  

Keep an eye on our next newsletter and our website for more news about the recruitment process. We will also keep including other updates about what we are doing to ensure that the ATF continues to be in a strong place to build on our success, legacy and ethos. 

Read more about the changes
From Russell Miller, ATF Chair

Laura Alcock-Ferguson

The Arb Association honours Jill Butler with their 2020 award

Jill joins Founder President, Ted Green, and former ATF trustees, Caroline Davis and Nev Fay, as well as long term ATF contributors and supporters, David Lonsdale, Mick Boddy, Pete Wells, Mike Ellison and Roy Finch, in being awarded this year’s Arboricultural Association award for her contribution to the field of arboriculture.

ATF's response to government's planning white paper

As the leading body for the conservation of ancient and veteran trees, the ATF recognises the opportunity that planning reform offers to improve the protection and sustainability of irreplaceable trees and their priority habitats. 
Read the ATF's full response here

ATF training

 The ATF has postponed all training until 2021 and new dates have been set for the 2 day Understanding and Managing Veteran Trees course.

Most attendees have chosen to roll over their bookings to next year, but there a few spaces left at Chirk Castle (20/21 September 2021).

Book here for Chirk Castle
One of London's oldest and tallest plane trees, Finsbury Circus Gardens (photo credit:  Greg Packman)

News from Greg Packman, ATF's London coordinator

The recent London Tree and Woodland Awards saw Greg came away as a double winner!! The first was an individual award of the Acorn Award in recognition for a commitment to volunteering in raising the profile of trees to the public. He was given the award for the amount of community and stakeholder engagement work that he does in addition to his job through numerous guided tree walks and presentations. This year his most popular Zoom presentation has been the Ancient Trees of London webinar as part of the Urban Tree Festival.
The other award was the London Lockdown Champion Award that was won by the Urban Tree Festival; I'm involved in this award as I am on the UTF steering committee. All very exciting!
In other news, he was also included in a Sunday Times feature on the importance of trees in cities.
Acorn Awards
Lockdown London Tree Champions Award
Sunday Times article: the importance of trees in cities September 12, 2020

A wooded landscape delivering the benefits but due for the chop?!

Ian Rotherham, professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, has asked us to share a recent blog post of his on a threat to urban-fringe countryside (including a lovely photo of nature's forester, the jay).

ATF Podcasts

Welcome back to the ATF podcast! This time we talk to Maurice Pankhurst about the history of pollards and grazing, the future of land management in the Borrowdale valleys, looking out for small things (whilst not worrying too much about the latin names), and attempting translocation of Lobaria pulmonaria. 

We're back in the swing of the podcasts now so look out for another (all being well, on veteranisation!). 
So far we've gently explored tree planting, landscape management, bryophytes, wood pasture and most recently our temperate rainforest. The next podcast will introduce veteranisation. There seems to be appetite to revisit some of these themes - an advanced version; with more detail, more discussion and challenge. Let me know what you think, and we will see what we can do!


The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future by Zach St. George 

A deft blend of science reporting and travel writing, The Journeys of Trees explores the evolving movements of forests by focusing on five trees: giant sequoia, ash, black spruce, Florida torreya and Monterey pine. Zach St George visits these trees in forests across continents, finding sequoias losing their needles in California, fossil records showing the paths of ancient forests in Alaska, domesticated pines in New Zealand and new sprouts of blight-resistant American chestnuts in New Hampshire. Everywhere he goes, St George meets lively people on conservation's front lines, from an ecologist studying droughts to an evolutionary evangelist with plans to save a dying species. He treks through the woods with activists, biologists and foresters, each with their own role to play in the fight for the uncertain future of our environment.  

To order The Journeys of Trees at a special discount of 25% + free shipping please click here and add the code WN729 when prompted at the checkout.  The promotion code is WN729 and ATF subscribers are able to access a 25% discount with free postage when books are ordered through the link below. 
Review by Clare de Villanueva, ATF's Project Officer

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Ancient Tree Forum Clothing

Ancient Tree Forum Clothing – new garments and colours available from our Teemill store. All items are made of 100% organic cotton, sustainably sourced and ethically produced. Each item can be fully traced through their website, providing peace of mind.

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Ancient and other veteran trees: further guidance on management

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.
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