The importance of planting and maintaining trees was given an important boost by two events this month (April): the airing of the ITV programme The Queen’s Green Planet and the Veteran Tree workshop we ran earlier in the month.
In the TV programme set in Buckingham Palace, the Queen talked with conservationist Sir David Attenborough about her love of trees and her support of the Commonwealth Canopy project which aims to create a network of protected forests across the 53 Commonwealth countries.
On 19th April landowners, rural agents and land managers gathered in Charlbury to attend our workshop about veteran tree management. The event aimed to improve understanding of the issues and opportunities that these trees present and covered a range of topics from identification of veteran trees to funding opportunities.
The day also included a visit to nearby Cornbury Park, an estate which includes 1,700 acres of the most ancient forest in Britain today and is a protected environment for native wildlife in one of the few private forests in England.
A veteran tree is defined as a tree that is of interest biologically, culturally or aesthetically because of its age, size or condition. The UK has more veteran trees than most other countries in northern Europe.
The event was presented by our Arboriculture Consultant, Stephen Westmore, and Principal Arboricultural Consultant / Director, Nick Bolton. Stephen was delighted with the response from delegates saying:
“The workshop was a fantastic opportunity to convey our knowledge of veteran trees to a completely mixed audience. With such a varied mix of professions of delegates it was fascinating to hear each individual’s experiences of veteran tree management, which enabled some thought-provoking conversations during the afternoon visit to Cornbury Park. I am already looking forward to the next event as I always come away learning something new as well!”
We also hosted an ecology workshop for developers, planners, architects and project managers earlier that week. The event offered advice and support in resolving common issues encountered throughout the planning process and was led by James Hildreth, Principal Ecological Consultant and Louise Fox, Ecology Consultant.
Both workshops are part of a programme of events we run focusing on a range of environmental, ecological and planning issues around land and woodland management and forestry. Further workshops will be scheduled later this year and details will be posted on our website.
John Lockhart, Chairman comments “Government policy and thinking are currently being guided by an understanding of ‘Natural Capital’. Veteran trees and environmental assets will become more and more important as we head into a post-Brexit future”.