Veteran Trees Project Talk
Thursday 18th February 2010
Durham Veteran Trees Project
On Thursday Jesse Meredith, the Veteran Trees Project Officer with the Durham Biodiversity Partnership, will be holding a talk on the project and how we can get involved.
The Talk will take place in the Holdsworth Room of St Marys College. Many of you will not know where this is, so we will be meeting in the car park/ reception if it's cold. Timings are yet to be confirmed but will either be 7.30 or 8.00pm.
There may be the chance to turn the event into a bar crawl afterwards if people are up for it.
The new two-year project aims to conserve the heritage of veteran trees across the Durham Biodiversity Partnership area.
Veteran trees are the old trees found in our native woodlands, historic parklands and as part of hedgerows. As well as being an integral part of our natural heritage, they also provide a home to a wide variety of wildlife, including insects, bats, and birds. Today many of these trees are unprotected within the landscape, at risk from felling, changes to land use or competition from surrounding trees. There is often a lack of understanding of the importance of these trees both in terms of heritage and biodiversity.
The Durham Veteran Trees Project will work to secure the long term future of these valued features of our landscapes, by encouraging local communities to record trees and participate in their conservation. The project will organise recording and training events, work with schools to develop educational resource packs, encourage landowners to recognise their veteran trees and manage them in a positive way and set up a Durham Veteran Tree Group for local volunteers.
The Durham Veteran Trees Project officially launches at the end of February, With the Veteran Trees Project Launch Events being held at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield on the 27th of February, and Gibside Stables on the 28th of February.