Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association

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Free 2017 Grow Wild Kits

15 February 2017

TCV is taking part in the UK's biggest ever wild flower campaign by sharing free Grow Wild Kits with specially selected groups.

Groups are invited to transform shared spaces into inspiring and colourful wild flower havens with simple seed sowing and sharing.

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WDVTA events

The WDVTA organises events for members and non-members throughout the year - an interesting mix of walks, talks, training and visits. There is something for everyone!

WDVTA Events schedule

Visit to Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory

Saturday 17 June 2017, 10.00 am

You may have attended one of Glynn Percival's talks to WDVTA where you will have heard him speak about the diseases threatening our trees and the latest research programmes to fight these. He has kindly offered us the opportunity to visit his research site based at the University of Reading.

Shinfield Field Unit,
Cutbush Lane
University of Reading

To book a free place, Email Kerry (Hon. Sec.).

A walk through Pearmans Copse and Nores Hill Wood

Sunday 16 July 2017, 14.00

This is an event jointly organised with Earley Environmental Group.

A walk through Pearmans Copse and Nores Hill Wood, Shinfield, looking at the veteran trees.

Meet at the entrance to Pearmans Copse in Ryhill Way, Earley, SU 7350 6944.

Note: There is only limited on-road parking. The paths may be muddy and slippery.

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External events

Here we list a selection of external events that may be of interest to members. Please note that WDVTA cannot take bookings for external events. For event details or reservations you should contact the organisers directly.

External Event schedule

Earley Green Fair

Saturday 6 August 10.00 to 15.00

Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, SU 745 710

Entrance from Beech Lane or Lakeside, Earley. Number 19a or 19b bus from Reading station. Parking on Radstock Lane.

Earley Green Fair offers a chance to catch up on environmental issues around Reading and the region, as well as an opportunity to buy plants, cakes etc.

Review of 2016

two women talking
Dr Helen Read (right) talks to
a WDVTA member

During 2016 we organised our usual mix of talks and training, walks and visits. Our first speaker of the year was Dr. Helen Read of The City of London and Burnham Beeches. The talk was entitled Ancient Trees and Pollards and was very relevant for our group.

In March our annual AGM was well attended.

April saw a new departure when Dr. Martin Bridge from UCL kindly accepted our invitation to tell us about his work as a Dendrochronologist. It was a fascinating insight into his research in old houses and churches but also working on analysis of the timbers of the Mary Rose.

The summer holidays included a new tree quiz for children which was won by Sam Goodfellow aged 8 from Lower Earley. Stephanie McKay, committee member for school liaison, has become a 'Forest School' teacher (that’s an initiative where children learn outside and doesn’t refer to the local boys secondary school). Through these sorts of links we hope to involve more and more local children and young people in caring about and conserving our woodlands.

group ofpeople around a huge oak
Veteran oak at High Park

In the autumn we went to see the medieval oaks in High Park at Blenheim Palace. “High Park is in my view the most stunning site in Europe for ancient oaks,” a quote from Aljos Farjon, Honorary Research Associate Herbarium at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and so it was. It felt a real privilege to be there. Roy Cox, Head of Rural Enterprises at Blenheim, was our leader. Amongst the regal oaks we visited was the King Oak, over 9 metres girth and estimated to be about 920 years old. It is now thought that another oak deeper in the forest is even older. It was a special day for our group and we have been invited back.

As winter began to draw in we finished the year with our regular update on tree health and disease from Dr. Glynn Percival, always interesting, informative and entertaining in equal measure.

Our final event of the year is usually in early December, a winter walk followed by a pub lunch, but this was moved to January 2017 to mark the start of our 10th anniversary year. The walk took place around Waltham St. Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park followed by a lunch at The Bell.

Forthcoming events are featured in Tree Watch, another way to be sure you don't miss anything. Bookings are required for popular events and occasionally there's a small charge to help cover speakers' costs but mostly participation is free.

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