Ancient and Veteran Tree Training Course

About the course

This one-day introductory course is aimed at those who are responsible for managing areas with veteran trees, anyone who owns veteran trees or has a keen interest.

Training will be delivered through a combination of presentations, group exercises and field visits with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss.

Learning outcomes This one day course will focus on providing participants with sufficient information and experience to:

  • Give a definition of a veteran tree that is of importance for biological or heritage value.

  • Explain why trees can live so long.

  • Describe how and where roots grow and why they are important.

  • Undertake a simple survey of a veteran tree in the field

  • Assess when management is likely to be appropriate for old trees or their surroundings.

    A certificate of attendance is provided upon completion of the course, which was developed as part of the VETree project (A European project across five countries).

    Who should attend? Those responsible for managing areas with veteran trees. The course does not require any prior knowledge and therefore is suitable for a wide audience including arborists, foresters, land managers, ecologists, countryside officers, landscape professionals, built heritage professionals, students and amateurs with a keen interest.