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The morning session delivered in the form of a presentation

The importance of managing your tree health and risk was given an important boost last week.

On 31 January landowners, farmers, foresters and land managers gathered at the Earth Trust centre in Oxfordshire to attend our first Tree Health and Tree Risk Management workshop, co-hosted with the CLA.

This event aimed to improve the understanding of the issues surrounding tree risk management and tree health, in particular in light of the advance of ash dieback developments around its management.  The event also covered other current tree and forestry related issues and opportunities with a focus on ancient and veteran trees, natural capital and timber markets.

Site visit to Little Wittenham Wood

The day included a visit to the Earth Trust’s Little Wittenham Wood, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation, and also known as one of Europe’s most important sites for wildlife.

The event was presented by our Chairman, John Lockhart, Director/Principal Arboricultural Consultant, Nick Bolton and CLA South East Director, Robin Edwards who were delighted with the response from delegates saying:

“The event was very useful and informative.  I have already started putting some of the practices discussed into action”.

We were also pleased to be joined by Chris Parker, Land Manager for the Earth Trust who provided a great insight into the research that they are undertaking on the woodland in relation to ash dieback.

Nick Bolton comments “Meeting with informed and local landowners is always an educational experience as they are having to deal with the many challenges of managing tree related risk on a daily basis, and being able to present at a venue such as the Earth Trust provides so many opportunities to learn more.”

This workshop was the first in a series of three that we are delivering in the south east.  The next event takes place on 5 March (East Sussex) and 6 March (Winchester).  Further information and details on how to book can be found here.

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