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What's New - March 2017

New photos have been added at the following sites:
Adlestrop; Bockleton; Goetre; Llanddewi Rhydderch; Llanfoist; Llangattock-juxta-Usk (Penpergwm); Llanllowell; Llanspyddid; Llanvair Discoed; Mamhilad; Stow-on-the-Wold; Todenham - Peter Norton
Discoed; Offa’s Dyke – Maes-Treylow; Westhide – Paul Wood
Taps Combe – Nathan Pritchard

March 2017

What's New February 2017

New full member of the Ancient Yew Group

We welcome Chris Knapman as the 10th full member of the Ancient Yew Group. This will create a strong link between the Ancient Yew Group (AYG) and the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) at an important time for churchyard yew conservation. There will be more on this in the coming months. Chris introduces himself as follows:    

"My connection with the natural world started to develop at age 4 with Ladybird books!

At age 31 I took a degree in Environmental Science at Plymouth University and between 1995 and 2016 spent over 20 years as Plymouth City Council Tree Officer
I am a member of: Butterfly Conservation, Royal Forestry Society (RFS), National Trust, Trees and Design Action Group and am a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association. I obtained the RFS Professional Diploma in Arboriculture in 2000.
I am a Co-opted Board Member of the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) since 2008 and instigated and co-founded Devon Ancient Tree Forum in August 2005.
I am also an assessor for the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme and have worked as Tree Protection Officer for the RHS at Chelsea Flower Show.
I am inspired by the aesthetics, biology and culture of all ancient trees and their associated treescapes, but believe that the Yew is a special case amongst these trees because of their longevity and potential immortality; distinct biology and deep connections with our culture and that of our ancestors. Despite their role as a constant and a connection with our past, it is up to us to secure their future which is inextricably linked with our own in a fast changing world. This sceptr’d isle is of international importance for its ancient Yews and we therefore have a deep responsibility to ensure that there are no further avoidable losses of our Yew heritage.
I intend to work towards this objective with the Ancient Yew Group and its partner organisations (notably the ATF), which have done so much already to gain recognition for our special ancient tree heritage."

28 February 2017

What's New - January 2017

New photos/information
Rossdhu House - Ancient Tree Hunt
Rosneath - Eleanor Evans
Bromham, Wiltshire – Glenda Hunder
Craigends – Judy Dowling
Llanrothal; Moccas - churchyard; Much Dewchurch  - Paul Wood
The Bourneville Yew in Haute Normandie, northern France was badly damaged in a storm on the 12th January. - Janice Gregory 

January 31st 2017