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Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association
10th Anniversary Report

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From White Horse Lane, Finchampstead © Paul Richards

 

What is a veteran tree?

Veteran trees have reached full maturity and show signs of ageing characterised by a number of features such as cavities and bark loss, which provide a good habitat for wildlife. The age at which this occurs varies with species – an oak tree will take many more years to mature than a silver birch. A veteran tree’s status is indicated by its girth; an oak with a girth of 4m could be well over 200 years old.

Why trees matter

Trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and are hosts to wildlife. The canopies of trees act as a filter, trapping dust, absorbing pollutants from the air, offering shade to urban streets and reducing noise. Trees are aesthetically attractive, they strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage a feeling of community, bringing groups together for activities such as walking and bird-watching. Wooded areas can be used as an educational resource, providing a space for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure.

There is evidence that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, people's blood pressure tends to drop, heart rate slows and stress levels come down.

Master Record Number

Many trees mentioned in this Report are referenced with a Master Record Number (MRN). This is a unique identifier assigned by the survey and can be used to find trees via the Survey Map. Please take a look – and if you find your favourite tree is missing, let us know. We always welcome corrections and updates to our records.

As a tree’s girth is an indicator of its age, we have added the girth in metres alongside some of the MRN references.

This Report marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) in 2007. It summarises our activities and achievements and shares this milestone with our many supporters, members and the wider Wokingham community. It also outlines how the WDVTA’s core activities and membership will develop to address the environmental challenges facing the Borough of Wokingham.

Full documentation of our town and parish survey, along with more photographs, detailed survey results and maps can be found on our main pages.

We would like to thank our members, all of whom are volunteers, for their dedication and achievements over the past 10 years as well as everyone who has contributed to this Report.

WDVTA looks forward to the next ten years, welcoming new members, helping Wokingham to protect its existing veterans and promoting the planting of saplings to become the veterans of the future.

The Anniversary Report Team
January 2017

What is a veteran tree?

Veteran trees have reached full maturity and show signs of ageing characterised by a number of features such as cavities and bark loss, which provide a good habitat for wildlife. The age at which this occurs varies with species – an oak tree will take many more years to mature than a silver birch. A veteran tree’s status is indicated by its girth; an oak with a girth of 4m could be well over 200 years old.

Why trees matter

Trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and are hosts to wildlife. The canopies of trees act as a filter, trapping dust, absorbing pollutants from the air, offering shade to urban streets and reducing noise. Trees are aesthetically attractive, they strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage a feeling of community, bringing groups together for activities such as walking and bird-watching. Wooded areas can be used as an educational resource, providing a space for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure.

There is evidence that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, people's blood pressure tends to drop, heart rate slows and stress levels come down.

Master Record Number

Many trees mentioned in this Report are referenced with a Master Record Number (MRN). This is a unique identifier assigned by the survey and can be used to find trees via the Survey Map. Please take a look – and if you find your favourite tree is missing, let us know. We always welcome corrections and updates to our records.

As a tree’s girth is an indicator of its age, we have added the girth in metres alongside some of the MRN references.

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