Can you help keep tally of our oldest trees?
LITTLE is known about the exact location and status of veteran trees in Ashford, but it is recorded that a high proportion of the borough’s ancient woodland is more than 400 years old and it provides a vital home for insects, birds and bats. Many of the ancient trees in woods and parks are under threat from development, intensive agriculture or because of safety restrictions, but little real information is on record as to the exact locations of the ancient specimens. Now that is about to change following a £47,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the local branch of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV). The Wye-based group is now looking for volunteers to train to help them conduct a complete survey of all ancient trees across the Ashford borough.
Many of the ancient trees in woods and parks are under threat
Anyone interested is invited to attend the launch event in Egerton village hall from 10.30am on Sunday, April 22, when guests speakers will be author and distinguished photographer of the British landscape, Archie Miles, and Andrew Cowan an arboriculturist specialising in tree ecology. During the two-year project BTCV will also be organising guided walks, talks, woodland open days and green woodworking events across the borough.
Full details are available from Virginia Hodge at BTCV Sidelands Farm, Wye, by calling 01233 812532.
The snowberry plant, a hardy shrub which has spread into the countryside, yields snow bomb fruits. See Nature Notes, below