Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association

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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
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Launch of WDVTA 10th Anniversary Report

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 19.30 - St Paul's Parish Rooms

This Report will mark the tenth anniversary of the launch of WDVTA in 2007. It will summarise our activities and achievements and share this milestone with our many supporters, members and the wider Wokingham community. It will also outline how the WDVTA’s core activities and membership will develop to address the environmental challenges facing the Borough of Wokingham.

All are welcome to join us in this launch event where you can hear about our achievements over the last 10 years and our future plans.

There will be talks, refreshments and a chance to meet those who have been involved.

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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

Wokingham Arts Trail

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017

Showcasing artists across Wokingham Borough

This event might be of interest to WDVTA members as one of the Trail locations is the Hawthorns School, where the theme of the art work is trees. In the school grounds there are interesting examples of native trees including one veteran oak and a wild service tree. There will be several trees decorated to display art work by pupils and more art work for sale, some of which follows the tree theme. The Forest School outdoor learning area will be open to visit and there will be examples of some of the activities pupils take part in during a Forest School session. There will be a display about the work of WDVTA.

More details here.

September Walk at Basildon Park

Monday 25th September, 11.00 to 13.00.

The walk will be led by University of Reading tree expert Dr Michael Keith-Lucas. To book a place please email us and let us know whether you are an NT member (there will be a charge for NT non-members).

Managing veteran trees: Implications of ageing and decay using Burnham Beeches as a case study

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Wednesday 18 October, Location: Burnham Beeches, Slough

Facilitators: Ancient Tree Forum Dr David Lonsdale, Caroline Davis & Helen Read

Ancient and veteran trees are irreplaceable parts of our living heritage and it is important to care and manage them to ensure that they live as long as possible. This introductory day is aimed at owners, site managers and tree workers who may be called in to advise on tree management. We will take a detailed look at the tree management at Burnham Beeches. Fungi, decay and ageing will be considered in the context of practical tree management.

More details here.

South East Tree Warden Regional Forum 2017

Saturday 21st October 2017

Hascombe Village Hall and Winkworth Arboretum Hascombe Village Hall, Mare Lane, Hascombe, Surrey GU8 4JH

More details here.

A Treasury of trees walking tour – Kew Gardens

1 September to 31 October 2017, 12.00 and 14.00

Join us for a guided walk in our Arboretum this autumn to see the changing colours of Kew's vast collection of trees.

Details here.

Tree Week Public Lecture

Tuesday 28 November, 2pm; RISC Conference Hall, London Street

Jon Stokes, popular speaker and Director at The Tree Council will talk about the state of Britain’s trees and will be happy to answer your questions, the event is expected to end around 3.30pm, if you would like to attend please let us know.

Review of 2016

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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.

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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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