Ancient Tree Forum Newsletter - November 2015
Ancient Tree Forum seeks part-time staff member
Training and Technical Officer vacancy

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join the the Ancient Tree Forum to develop and deliver training as well as to provide technical expertise.


The post is based on a flexible two day week working from home, and involves some travelling. The ideal candidate will have proven experience and expertise in the management of ancient trees, and experience of delivering training.

Poetry and pollards in the Lake District
In early October, the ATF's field visit was held at Borrowdale and Watendlath in the Lake District, where highlights included the ancient yews made famous by William Wordsworth. Development Officer Hannah Solloway shares highlights and photos in her blog about the visit.
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Ancient Tree Forum East Anglia holds first event
Veteran trees and fungi were in abundance at Captain's Wood in East Anglia in October, when the newly formed ATF East Anglia group held its first meeting.
Tree preservation officer Jon Ryan writes about the event and the group's plans for future activities.
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ATF events in 2016
Thursday 10th March 2016
Spring at Burghley Park
ATF field meetings are one of the best ways to network with other ancient tree specialists and enthusiasts, and we are already planning next year's events. Field meetings are generally held on the second Thursdays in March and October. Our Spring event will be held at Burghley Park in Lincolnshire on Thursday 10th March. Booking is essential and places are limited.
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July 2016
Summer Forum in Dorset
Our summer conference will be held at Kingston Maurwood College near Dorchester. Speakers for the morning sessions have yet to be confirmed, and the ATF would be very interested to hear from anyone with a proposal for an ancient tree themed topic they would like to present.
Local ATF events and training
Sunday 8 November 2015
ATF Wales field meeting
Join this new ATF group for their first event in North Wales, to be hosted by the National Trust at Chirk Castle, which has over 480 acres of estate parkland with plenty of veteran trees including the Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015
ATF Devon field meeting
The venue for this event is Kingsnympton Deer Park which was created in around 1500. There will be a walk of around 3 miles, taking in ancient pollard oaks and beech avenues.
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Thursday 12 November
Biology of Decay course, Burnham Beeches
This introductory day is aimed at owners, site managers and tree workers who may be called in to advise on tree management. We will take a detailed look at the tree management at Burnham Beeches, taking in fungi, decay and aging. 
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Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 December 2015
Valuing and managing veteran trees; a 3 day course for trainers, Essex
There are still a few places remaining on this residential course which trains people to be able to deliver a one day course called ‘Valuing and managing Veteran Trees’.  The content includes topics such as the aging process and the value of veteran trees for biodiversity and heritage. 
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Find an ancient tree or treescape to visit
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