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 to be repeated Summer 2015


Training Day on ancient and other special tree recording – 8th June 2013

The Sandstone Ridge Trust has been approached by the Woodland Trust to cooperate with them to record special trees in our area. It is understood that the level of recording in Cheshire is relatively low compared to other parts of the country. The aim of the project is to find and record ancient, veteran, champion and notable trees along the Sandstone Ridge.

Aim of the Day
To train recorders how to record and map all the special trees along the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge and inspire others to assist. The Sandstone Ridge Trust will facilitate contact with landowners, building on the relationships developed through the Habitats and Hillforts project.

Outline of the Day
Where: Macdonald Portal Hotel, Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0DJ
(Tel 0844 879 9082)

When: Saturday 8th June 2013
Timings: 1000-1600hrs.
Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

The training is free, funded by the Sandstone Ridge Trust.

The course will be led by Jill Butler, Conservation Adviser (Ancient Trees) for The Woodland Trust and will include short walks around the area to look at and evaluate specimen trees. You will learn how to recognise, measure and record significant trees and input the data into the national database. After the course we will expect attendees to take an active role in recording trees in our area. We also hope that they will act to inspire others to act as spotters of potentially significant trees.

The number of places will be limited so please confirm your interest by email to as soon as possible. Attendees should wear appropriate outdoor clothing and bring a notebook, camera and GPS device if they have one.

What are ancient trees?
Ancient trees are living relics of incredible age that inspire in us feelings of awe and mystery. They also support wildlife that cannot live anywhere else. Over the centuries, they have inspired artists, writers, poets and scientists and are mentioned in sacred texts. A ‘veteran tree’ is usually not so old but it too has important wildlife and habitat features including; hollowing or associated decay fungi, holes, wounds and large dead branches. It will generally include old trees but also younger, middle aged trees where premature aging characteristics are present. A tree of local importance or of personal significance to the individual recorder is called a ‘notable tree’. This includes specimen trees or those considered to be potential, next generation veteran trees. Finding and recording these trees is the first stage of recognising the value of these trees nationally and in a local landscape and celebrating them.

Further events will bring everyone together so that results can be shared and celebrated.

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