John Bickley, the new owner of Creedy Park helps Jill Butler and Keith
Alexander measure one of the ancient oaks
Two ancient oak pollards at Creedy Park
Key Devon contacts:
Assistant Farm Conservation Adviser
Exeter EX2 5ST
Saturday 11th December 2010 at 9.30 am
Devon ATF Festive Field Trip to Sharpham Estate
Devon, TQ9 7UT.
The morning will be spent exploring the landscape and looking at the many
notable trees and hearing about some of the recent work being undertaken to
join up the landscape at Sharpham. Following the visit the group are invited
for a festive drink at the Watermans Arms in Ashprington (conveniently near
Directions to Sharpham Estate:
Sharpham Estate is three miles outside Totnes on the edge of Ashprington
village. From the A38/Devon Expressway take the Totnes/Buckfastleigh exit.
On arriving in Totnes, at the first traffic lights, turn right onto the A381
towards Kingsbridge. Half a mile outside Totnes turn left to Ashprington
(about two miles). On reaching the village turn left up the hill and onto
the Sharpham Estate. Follow signs to the front of Sharpham House. Please
note and observe the 20mph speed limit through Ashprington village and on
Directions to the Waterman's Arms, Ashprington.
Leaving Ashprington head towards Totnes and there is a brown sign for The
Waterman's Arms. Stay on the lane for about 2 and a half miles and you come
to a crossroads follow the signs to Ashprington when you get to the
memorial, which is a stone cross, turn right and keep on through village,
always heading downhill. Keep going downhill and we are over the bridge at
flyer pdf (105KB)
Saturday 1st August 2009
Devon Summer ATF Field Trip
Poltimore, nr Exeter 10.00 for 10.30 start
Dear ATF member,
You are invited to the next Field Visit for the group.This time we are going
to pay a visit to Poltimore, nr Exeter
The event is going to be on Saturday 1st August, so please feel free to
bring with you any family or friends who may be interested in seeing and
hearing about the trees, and having a look at the fascinating old house as
well. Meet at the entrance 10am for a 10.30 start to be finished
We have been offered a guided walk by one of the trustees, and as it is one
of their work-days the house will be open as well. The site is an ancient
park, with a few curiosities mixed in for added interest, including Monkey
Puzzles and Luckham Oaks.
As always, please bring sturdy footwear, clothing suitable for the British
weather and a picnic lunch.
For directions please refer to the Poltimore website at:
Ancient Tree Forum Group
Report to January 2009 ATF Board Meeting
• Leslie Woodhead resigned as Devon ATF Coordinator in the autumn;
• Jonathan Burgess of the Woodland Trust has agreed to take over; DATF
Committee are very pleased to welcome him.
• Summer, June 25, an evening visit to experience the ancient sweet chestnut
avenues at New House Farm, Mamhead;
• Autumn, Nov 13, a fungus foray in and around the ancient deer park of
Shute, led by Michael Jordan; the identity of the Phellinus on the King John
Oak remains unclear.
• An indoor meeting is planned at The Ley Arms, Kenn in February – date to
• Possible site visits for 2009 under consideration at Ugbrooke, Poltimore
Devon Provisional Inventory of parkland and Wood Pasture Sites
• We still aim to place a pdf of the inventory document on the ATF website
but have made no progress with getting a copy of the official document from
Devon County Council.
Keith Alexander, 6 January 2009
We have lined up a great visit for you: A Fungal Foray lead by the
renown expert Michael Jordan at Shute Park.
Michael will be leading the fungus foray but Phil Wilson (who is familiar
with the layout of the site) is to be the local guide. The idea is to walk
up from Pennyhayes across fields known for their waxcaps and into Woodend
Park (the old Shute Deer Park). This is the oldest extant park in Devon -
dating back at least to about 1250 - and is famous for its ancient oaks
(more than 100) as well as its epiphytic lichens and deadwood beetles. So we
can expect a very interesting day.
We will meet at Pennyhayes Farm (SY241970) at 10 for a 10.30 start. There is
limited parking at the farm but overflow parking is at Easy Bridge Cross,
200m to the south. Please try to car share where possible.
Bring a packed lunch and be prepared for a 4pm finish.
To book visit the ATF events page
and book on line
10 July 2007 Devon ATF visit to Widdon Down Deer
Park, Castle Drogo details
Devon ATF 2006
meetings pdf (20KB)
I attach notes from
our Visit to Escot in August pdf (33KB)
13 November 2008
Devon ATF Visit to Shute Park
'A Fungal Foray'
Pennyhayes Farm (SY241970
22 November 2006 Devon ATF visit to Dartmoor
I would like to invite you to the next ATF event, which will be on Dartmoor.
We will spend the morning looking at how the National Trust manage this
historic landscape which has several very prominent ancient trees which are
beginning to shed limbs. Brian Beasley, DNP tree officer, and Gus Fergusson,
National Trust, will be leading the site visit. Please bring a packed lunch
as there is no restaurant on site.
In the afternoon, James Mason from the Woodland Trust will take us up the
Bovey Valley to look at ancient trees in woodland and PAWS woodland
restoration work being carried out here. The afternoon will involve
strenuous walking over rough terrain and there will be limited parking, so
we may need to share vehicles.
Wednesday 22nd November 10.00am for 10.30am
Please let me know if you would like to come or book via the ATF
Kate Tobin has 114 contacts on our mailing list, including contacts for the
CLA, NFU, and local authority tree officers, who then mail the information
on to their members. Additions to the mailing list are being received
regularly. Information is sent out electronically and there are only two
people who cannot receive it in this format.
Further Meetings and
The second event at Castle Hill in December was also very successful.
The first meeting of the Devon ATF was a resounding success, being fully
booked within 2 weeks. 70 people attended this inaugural meeting in mid
October at Shobrooke Park in Shobrooke and Creedy Park in Sandford where we
looked at some ancient oaks and sweet chestnuts. The feedback from this
event was very enthusiastic and there were lots of suggestions for further
venues for events. -Highlights