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Woodland Trust - Summer 2007 – Volunteer newsletter edition 5

Woodland Trust - Summer 2007 – Volunteer newsletter edition 5

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A-hunting we will go, a search for the nation’s ancient trees!
A-hunting we will go, a search for the nation’s ancient trees!

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Published by: woodlandtrust on Nov 06, 2008
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t is mind boggling to think that aliving organism can survive forhundreds of years.
Ancient trees fill us withawe.Steeped in history,teeming with wildlife,beautiful and seemingly magical,they areirreplaceable natural assets.Many believe that the UK has the greatestnumber of ancient trees in Northern Europebut we want to find out for sure.By 2011,the Woodland Trust wants to help ancienttree hunters record at least 100,000specimens.What’s the point of a tree hunt? Well,whilstwe already know where some of our ancienttrees are,we’re certain that there are lots of others that we don’t know about.The huntwill help us to find and care for thesewonderful trees.Some have fascinating storiesto tell and these will be heard again in ourcommunities.Ancient trees are everywhere – in towns,cities,gardens,parks and forests.The huntprovides a simple,fun way for all the family toenjoy exploring their local environment todiscover the natural treasures around them.So,why don’t you pick up the scent and jointhe pack,as we scour the country looking forour quarry – some of the UK’s finest naturalmonuments.
Summer 2007
A-hunting we will go
Turn to page 3 for more about the Ancient Tree Hunt.
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Forget fox-hunting,bans anddemonstrations.There’s now only onehunt that everyone’s talking about.
Stunning and precious – an ancient oak
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pages 2 & 16
Ancient TreeHunt Special
page 3
page 4
Make your mark 
page 5
Flower power
In the woods
page 6
A colourful experiment
New woods roundup
page 8
Get involved at ourstunning new sites
Out of the woods
page 10
We want your memories
Speakers’ bulletin
page 12
 Woodland groups
page 13
Frequently askedquestions
page 14
page 15
Getting in touch
page 16
Dear friendsThere are two contrasting themes tothis issue.One is very much of themodern age.Working on conservationprojects in urban areas can be difficultas efforts are often blighted by anti-social behaviour,a problem that canbe exacerbated by a lack of community spirit.But we have really uplifting successstories to report in Hull (page 7),Merseyside (page 13) and NorthernIreland (page 16),all of which havebeen enthusiastically supported byvolunteers.Our second theme is about looking tothe past but also celebrating what wehave right now.The Ancient Tree Huntis looking for thousands of volunteersto join in the search,helping us tounlock the mysteries of ancient treesas well as telling us where they are! With this knowledge,more can enjoythem and we can do much more toprotect them.Read about the hunt onpages 1 and 3. We hope you enjoy this issue and thecoming summer.Best wishes
The volunteers teamPS Think what can be achieved in 250,000hours.That’s how much time you’ve givenus – Thank you so much! See above.
2email:volunteers@woodland-trust.org.uktel:01476 581111
Your £2m gift to our woods
olunteers gave the Woodland Trust251,043 hours last year.This timehas a notional monetary valueof £2,048,587 which equates toaround 73 full time membersof staff.Year after year,ournumber of active volunteers isincreasing.The difference this ismaking to our native woods istremendous.Thank you for the partyou are playing.
From left to right:Merle Dekanski,Karen Lifford and Carl Hughes
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The volunteers team is frequentlyasked for details of volunteers whocan help with Trust events.So,weasked many of you if you would beinterested in assisting.The responsewas fantastic;so now 250 of you willbe invited to participate inworkshops early this summer.If youwould like to get involved withevents but aren’t signed up for theworkshops,let us know and we willkeep you informed of any othertraining opportunities in the future.Roles range from car park duties andmarshalling,to attending an event asthe sole representative of theWoodland Trust.
Picking pilot pays off 
Litter picking is more than justgathering a load of old rubbish.During the spring and summer of 2006,we ran litter picking pilots atseveral woods in Cheshire,designedto highlight any issues that this roleraises for volunteers.Questions about methods,risks,disposal of litter and personalprotection equipment were alladdressed.The results have been passed on to all the relevant WoodlandTrust staff,ensuring that volunteers doing the very important job of ‘picking’in our woods will have all the support they need.
Event helper training
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It’s easy! To join the hunt,all you needto do is head out of your front doorand scour the great outdoors to track down and record ancient trees.You’relooking for the sort of tree that toencircle it,you’d need to join handswith at least two other people.Literally thousands of people across the UK will be in the pack with you,all helpingto create a living map of ancient trees.When you’ve tracked down your ancienttree,you can then enter the details online.Don’t worry if you’re not completely sure of every detail.Our expert volunteerverifiers will make sure that your ancient tree isproperly mapped (see below).Even if you’ve alreadyrecorded a tree,you can still go back online and addmore stories and photos.On the website you’ll find lots of useful tips andinformation about the hunt,including step-by-stepinstructions on how to register your ancient tree.Youcan also see details of the ancient trees that havealready been recorded near to where you live or work.
Continued from front cover 
The ancient Queen’s Oak at Huntingfield Hall inSuffolk is so-called becauseit’s claimed that QueenElizabeth I shot a deerfrom the shelter of it.Inreality,it’s much more likelythat one of her entouragedid so in her presence.The ancient Wolsey yewat Birtsmorton Court inWorcestershire is namedafter SirThomas Wolsey,who spent time as thechaplain of Birtsmorton.It’s believed that heregularly sat and sleptunder the yew.The ancient oak whichstands at the heart of Redmire in the YorkshireDales is renowned becauseit’s said that John Wesley,founder of the Methodistsin the 18th century,regularly stood beneath itto preach to local villagers.
Does your ancient treehave a story to tell? If so,please tell us on the website.
with storiesto tell
Tally ho! The big hunt is underway!
So,how do I become an ancient tree hunter?
e’re always looking for more expert verifiers tocheck records supplied by our ancient tree hunters
.So,if you know your trees,you can read maps,you’vetransport and internet access,and you have the time andenthusiasm needed,then why not join our merry band of volunteer expert verifiers?You’ll be given training prior to beginning your verification tasks,including hands-onexperience of the hunt website.Then you’ll begin to receive notifications of newlycreated ancient tree records in your area.For each tree,you will verify the detailsusing information provided by recorders.This may involve paying a visit and takingphotographs.Finally,you will activate the verified record.To find out more about becoming a volunteer expert verifier,visit the website andcheck out how you can get involved in the hunt.
Could I become anexpert verifier?
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Page edited by ancient trees volunteer,
Phil Marshall

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