Rother Tree Hour webinars will be on the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 3-4pm.
For the series Rother Distict Council are working with partners the Woodland Trust, High Weald AONB, Friends of Combe Valley, Dallington Forest Project, and Bexhill Environmental Group - each webinar will work towards building a community caring for the Rother treescape.
Each will be online via Zoom, and will consist of a 45 min presentation/talk followed by a Q&A session.
What are ancient and veteran trees? How can you recognise them? And how can you help us to record them?
Chaired by Nick Redman (Bexhill Environmental Group) and presented by Tom Reed (Citizen Science Officer – Woodland Trust) and Doug Edworthy (Tree Champion (Warden), Brightling & Dallington Parish Councils), the webinar will explain how you can identify and map ancient and veteran trees, with local insight into the trees of the Dallington and Brightling region.
The talk will first cover ancient and veteran tree definitions, describing how the ageing process of trees can be recognised and explaining the importance of how different factors – such as species, management and growing conditions – will influence the overall ‘look’ of an ancient/veteran tree. We will also give an introduction to the Ancient Tree Inventory - a 16 year citizen science project that aims to map special ancient and veteran trees – with a brief introduction to tree recording guidance, so that you can begin adding trees to the project.
The talk will then cover the veteran trees in the Dallington Forest Project area and how the landscape and historical use of the forest has influenced the trees growing there.
Come and see them for yourself! Doug conducts guided tours of the forest and is putting together a series of self-guided walks that can be found at www.dallingtonforest.uk