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ATH Newsletter September 2013

newsletter sept 2013

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Searching for and recording wild service trees

veteran wild service wild service leaves

Jon Gurr for the last three years has beeninterested in searching for and recording the wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis). I would be pleased to hear from you: And of course if you do find any veteran wild service trees be sure to pass the records on to the ATH. Thanks'

Aberdeen Hospital, Genetics Department installs ancient tree images in their waiting room

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Keiko Mukaide's displayof Ancient Trees in Aberdeen Hospital, Genetics Department waiting room. Scottish Volunteer Verifier Judy Dowling helped provide a selection of trees which are now adorning the walls.

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Young carer Laura, aged 9, with the walnut tree interpretation board
Veteran walnut tree inspires young carers
A brand new interpretation board for a veteran walnut tree designed by young carers has been unveiled in Lydiard Park near Swindon. The tree has been at the centre of a project that helps young carers through outdoor and nature activities in the city.
16 April 2013
Oak distribution data report
Ancient & veteran oak distribution in the UK - data report
The oak is the quintessential tree of the British Isles and our latest data report gives a good indication of the spread of our ancient and veteran, as well as other notable oaks across the country.
3 April 2013
Judy Dowling recording for Comic Relief at Cadzow
Tree recording for Comic Relief - no joke in arctic conditions
When ATH volunteer Judy Dowling planned to go tree recording among the famous Cadzow oaks in South Lanarkshire she didn't know what she was letting herself in for.
3 April 2013
Ancient Tree Hunt events
ATH events in 2013
If you're interested in ancient trees, finding and recording them, join the ATH at one of its regular events. For booking and additional information please contact Clair McFarlan,
26 March 2013
Pennant Melangell ancient yew
Caring for God's trees
How action to protect an ancient churchyard yew in Pennant Melangell could be a useful test case in the campaign to get the Welsh government to provide for the protection of ancient and special trees
25 March 2013
ATH newsletter 16, Feb 2013
ATH Newsletter #16, Feb 2013
The monthly ATH newsletter provides the latest news for verifiers, recorders and partner organisations. Read what the Ancient Tree Hunt has been up to over the last few weeks.
18 March 2013
Ancient tree hotspots, UK
Important areas of Trees of Special Interest - data report
This data map shows hotspot areas of ancient and veteran tree density across the UK, using Ancient Tree Hunt data. This data was analysed in August 2011 using the Joint Nature Conservation Committee protocol for assessing veteran tree sites. At this time there were 100,000 trees in the database.
18 March 2013
Ancient & other veteran trees book
Ancient and other veteran trees - new book
Ancient and other veteran trees: further guidance on management, David Lonsdale (Editor).

This new book is essential reading for all tree owners, advisers and practitioners. The 212-page handbook from the Ancient Tree Forum brings together the collective wisdom on the management of ancient and veteran trees for all involved in looking after ancient trees. The authors recognise that, alongside the appreciation of old trees, there are responsibilities for their continuity and protection.
12 March 2013
Viewing National Trust trees on the ATH databsae
The National Trust - Ancient Tree Hunt data partner
The National Trust probably owns the greatest number of ancient and veteran trees in the UK. Since the ATH and National Trust began working together, data on more than 11,000 trees have been uploaded to the Ancient Tree Hunt database, with a further 8,000 waiting to be added in the near future. Thanks to cooperation with the National Trust, the ATH is able to show the concentrations of ancient and veteran trees at NT properties.
6 March 2013
Trees, Forested landscapes and Grazing Animals
New book: Trees, Forested Landscapes and Grazing Animals
New book edited by Professor Ian Rotherham

with chapters by Ted Green on ancient trees, and on re-wilding trees for ancients of the future by Jill Butler and Keith Alexander.
5 March 2013
Old hawthorn from WDVTA - now lost
Six thousand trees and counting
Volunteers in Wokingham started surveying veteran trees six years ago and now the group has gained more than 200 members and has many thousands of tree records under its belt
26 February 2013
Essex ancient tree hotspots, Aug 2012
Essex ancient tree hotspots - data report
The county of Essex is home to some crucial historic forest landscapes around Epping and Hainault. Use the map to find the gaps on the Ancient Tree Hunt database that you could fill...
19 February 2013
Tim Kellett, ATH lead verifier in the South West inspects an ancient ash
"I want to find a 10m tree in Cornwall, my colleagues don't hold out much hope!"
Tim Kellett is the Ancient Tree Hunt's lead verifier in the South West. Here he describes how he got involved in tree recording and some of his favourite finds:
19 February 2013
Lichen decline can be stemmed by tree regeneration
Tree regeneration can stem lichen decline
Recent research from Sweden published in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggests that regeneration of trees in ancient tree hotspots can stem decline of important lichens and other epiphytes.
12 February 2013
Rob McBride meets Owen Paterson, MP
When the Tree hunter met the tree minister
ATH verifier from Shropshire Rob McBride met his local MP, Owen Paterson, who just happens to be the Secretary of State for the Environment. He showed him maps of ancient oaks near his constituency home, as well proposing that the MP could go down in history as the minister who gave ancient trees the protection they need. Rob's account of what they discussed is a great example of ancient tree campaigning...
5 February 2013
Yew distribution map, Jan 2013
Ancient & veteran yew distribution in the UK - data report
An Ancient Tree Hunt data distribution map showing locations of ancient and veteran Yew in the UK at 8 January 2013.
28 January 2013
Scone Palace, Douglas Fir, 2012. Photo: Clair McFarlan
Woodland Trust Scotland events 2013
Training and talks on ancient trees and recording from the Woodland Trust Scotland. Sponsored by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
28 January 2013
Forest of Neroche
Hunting returns to medieval Neroche Forest
Ancient Tree Hunt's Jill Butler joins recorders and ancient tree experts in the Forest of Neroche for a day's tree hunting in Piddle Wood.
22 January 2013
High Weald ancient tree hotspots
High Weald ancient tree hotspots - data report
A map of ancient & veteran tree hotspots in the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty - in Kent and Sussex. Produced from the Ancient Tree Hunt database.
15 January 2013
Ash distribution UK
Ancient & veteran Ash distribution in the UK
This Ancient Tree Hunt database map shows the distribution of Ash trees in the UK by ancient/veteran/notable and verified/unverified status. The data will be particularly important in helping recorders and other observers maintain regular checks on the Ash population over coming years as we monitor Ash Dieback. It also provides important information on where the project needs to add more data.
15 January 2013
Why are our old trees disappearing?
Shocking declines in large old trees worldwide
Populations of large old trees are rapidly declining in many parts of the world, with serious implications for ecosystem integrity and biodiversity. New research published in Science magazine
7 January 2013
ATH volunteers record the 100,000th tree for the database, March 2012
A record year for the Ancient Tree Hunt project
More trees than ever added to the Ancient Tree Hunt maps in 2012. The freely accessible database now has an online photo library of more than 70,000 images of ancient and special trees. Volunteers and partner organisations continue to be the backbone of the project, recording, verifying and monitoring ancient trees.
7 January 2013
Hedgrow protest, Shropshire
Campaigners in Shropshire rally to protect threatened hedgerows
More than 200 objections have been recorded by local planners to an application to remove seven miles of hedgerow on a farm in Chirbury, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
7 January 2013
Ancient ash at Overton on Dee, with Jill Butler & Ted Green
Rizzio's Sweet Chestnut
Link to Ancient Tree Hunt Goes to Town
The Ancient Tree Hunt Goes to Town
In celebration of Urban Trees..
20 April 2010
Link to Information on the Ancient Tree Hunt Cherry Bloomsday Project
Ancient Tree Hunt Cherry Bloomsday Project
We need your help to find our oldest and finest Cherry Trees..
19 March 2010
Link to Introducing Edward Parker - Project Manager for the Ancient Tree Hunt
Introducing Edward Parker - Project Manager for the Ancient Tree Hunt
The Ancient Tree Hunt Team are delighted to welcome Edward Parker as their new Project Manager
8 December 2009
Ancient Tree Hunt
Ancient Tree Hunt
Media info
media info - large size images, fab facts, press release
13 June 2007
Page link to Shotover Wildlife website
Ancient tree events
What's happening, where, why and when - find out about Ancient Tree events here.
1 February 2007
Latest news stories
All the latest news from the Ancient Tree Hunt.
1 February 2007
wild service
wild service
12 January 2007