Ted and Jill speak via video to the Swedish Urban Ancient Tree Conference

Once again Sweden is leading in Europe in raising awareness of the ancient trees. Over 100 people are participating in this conference. It is so important that we work together – the natural capital that these trees represent is worth it.

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The true William the Conqueror’s Oak

Ancient Tree Experience 2012 organized by the Nederlandse Boominfodag (www.boominfodag) also went to see the William the Conqueror Oak with Ted. Sadly it is now dead.

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Dutch tree tour starts at Ashtead Common

Ted recently led a group of arborists around Ashtead Common and then onto Windsor Great Park. The group from the Netherlands was organised by Boominfodag and arose out of last autumn’s conference.

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Re-propping an ancient oak at Windsor

Ted meets Tony to discuss how he went about designing and installing replacement props to this ancient oak at Windsor Great Park.

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Another lovely old oak pollard bites the dust unnecessarily

Can we afford to lose such key elements of our living heritage – another oak pollard just felled without ceremony as if no one cared about it. Perhaps 350-400 years of life gone in the blink of a chainsaw.

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Byron’s Oak – did Byron’s poem come true?

In 1798, the 11 year old Byron planted an oak tree at Newstead Abbey. Sometime later, returning to the Abbey, he found the oak overgrown with weeds and almost dead. 200 years later, Jill goes to see this famous oak marked on OS maps – to find out how the tree fares now……

Byron wrote “Young Oak! when I planted thee deep in the ground, I hoped that thy days would be longer than mine….I water thy stem with my tears, …neglect may have bade thee expire. Oh live then my Oak! Lift thy head for a while, tow’r aloft from the weeds, That clog thy young growth…..”

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The Oak Tree and Jill walkabout at Annersley

The Oak Tree (aka Kaye Brennan – campaigner with the Woodland Trust) and Jill join Dave Wood who is walking the Sherwood Forest boundary on a creative perambulation and ACCESS. A walk around Annesley taking in the new All Saints Church, Byrons Walk, Old All Saints Church. Along the way Jill chat’s to Dave about his walk.

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