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Free 2017 Grow Wild Kits

15 February 2017

TCV is taking part in the UK's biggest ever wild flower campaign by sharing free Grow Wild Kits with specially selected groups.

Groups are invited to transform shared spaces into inspiring and colourful wild flower havens with simple seed sowing and sharing.

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WDVTA events

The WDVTA organises events for members and non-members throughout the year - an interesting mix of walks, talks, training and visits. There is something for everyone!

WDVTA Events schedule

A walk through Pearmans Copse and Nores Hill Wood

Sunday 16 July 2017, 14.00

This is an event jointly organised with Earley Environmental Group.

A walk through Pearmans Copse and Nores Hill Wood, Shinfield, looking at the veteran trees.

Meet at the entrance to Pearmans Copse in Ryhill Way, Earley, SU 7350 6944.

Note: There is only limited on-road parking. The paths may be muddy and slippery.


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External events

Here we list a selection of external events that may be of interest to members. Please note that WDVTA cannot take bookings for external events. For event details or reservations you should contact the organisers directly.

External Event schedule

U3A Walks into History Group

Whiteknights Park, University of Reading, Monday 17th July 17.00 hours

Leader Rupert Taylor, Head of Grounds Maintenance. Meet in car park 1a University of Reading off the Shinfield Road entrance.

The park is pay and display but Rupert will check whether we need to pay at this time. The walk starts at 5p.m.

Rupert will lead us around Whiteknights Park estate showing us the range of special trees growing there and telling us something of the history of these University grounds.

It would be helpful if you would let Barbara Stagles know if you plan to come to this event. Email Barbara or call her on 0118 9784013. There is no charge for this walk but donations to the charity Tree Aid would be very welcome. They will be collected by Barbara during the walk.

Reading Tree Warden Network AGM

Tuesday 25 July 6.00 pm

Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall, School Road, Tilehurst. (Parking behind the CO-OP opposite.) We hope you will come along and perhaps consider joining the RTWN Committee, we are looking for volunteers to support our work over the next 12 months. The AGM will be followed by a local walk - see below.

If you would like come along to the AGM or join us on the walk please email us.

Reading Tree Warden Network Tilehurst Tree Walk

Tuesday 25 July 7.15 pm

This event follows the AGM. Meet at the front of Tilehurst Methodist Church. 7.15.pm. The walk, led by Anna Iwaschkin, Events Coordinator and designer of the walk whose leaflet is in circulation, will be a shortened version of the leaflet walk. The walk will finish at about 8.15., Tilehurst is hilly, so there will be some uphill and downhill slopes.

If you would like come along to the AGM or join us on the walk please email us.

U3A Walks into History Group

Sulham Walk, Monday 31 July 10.30 hours

Leader Ailsa Claybourn. Meet at The Greyhound pub at Tidmarsh (RG8 8ER) on the A340 between Pangbourne and Theale. Walk starts at 10.30 a.m.

A two hour ecology walk looking at woodland management, a variety of habitats and local history. The route takes us through farmland to BBOWT’s Moor Copse reserve, Sulham Farm and Sulham Woods. For more details about Ailsa see her website.

Lunch can be taken at the Greyhound. It would be helpful if you would let Barbara Stagles know if you plan to come and whether or not you would like to stay on to lunch so she can inform Ailsa and the pub managers so email Barbara or call her on 0118 9784013. Ailsa charges £8 per head. Barbara will collect payments during the walk.

Earley Green Fair

Saturday 6 August 10.00 to 15.00

Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, SU 745 710

Entrance from Beech Lane or Lakeside, Earley. Number 19a or 19b bus from Reading station. Parking on Radstock Lane.

Earley Green Fair offers a chance to catch up on environmental issues around Reading and the region, as well as an opportunity to buy plants, cakes etc.

September Walk at Basildon Park

Monday 25th OR Thursday 28th September, 10.30 am.

The walk will be led by University of Reading tree expert Dr Michael Keith-Lucas. To book a place please let us know - (1) your preferred date - 25th or 28th September (2) whether you are an NT member or not (there will be a charge for NT non-members) by 20th July and email us. We will then select the most popular date and let you know.

Tree Week Public Lecture

Tuesday 28 November, 2pm; RISC Conference Hall, London Street

Jon Stokes, popular speaker and Director at The Tree Council will talk about the state of Britain’s trees and will be happy to answer your questions, the event is expected to end around 3.30pm, if you would like to attend please let us know.

Review of 2016

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Dr Helen Read (right) talks to
a WDVTA member

During 2016 we organised our usual mix of talks and training, walks and visits. Our first speaker of the year was Dr. Helen Read of The City of London and Burnham Beeches. The talk was entitled Ancient Trees and Pollards and was very relevant for our group.

In March our annual AGM was well attended.

April saw a new departure when Dr. Martin Bridge from UCL kindly accepted our invitation to tell us about his work as a Dendrochronologist. It was a fascinating insight into his research in old houses and churches but also working on analysis of the timbers of the Mary Rose.

The summer holidays included a new tree quiz for children which was won by Sam Goodfellow aged 8 from Lower Earley. Stephanie McKay, committee member for school liaison, has become a 'Forest School' teacher (that’s an initiative where children learn outside and doesn’t refer to the local boys secondary school). Through these sorts of links we hope to involve more and more local children and young people in caring about and conserving our woodlands.

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Veteran oak at High Park

In the autumn we went to see the medieval oaks in High Park at Blenheim Palace. “High Park is in my view the most stunning site in Europe for ancient oaks,” a quote from Aljos Farjon, Honorary Research Associate Herbarium at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and so it was. It felt a real privilege to be there. Roy Cox, Head of Rural Enterprises at Blenheim, was our leader. Amongst the regal oaks we visited was the King Oak, over 9 metres girth and estimated to be about 920 years old. It is now thought that another oak deeper in the forest is even older. It was a special day for our group and we have been invited back.

As winter began to draw in we finished the year with our regular update on tree health and disease from Dr. Glynn Percival, always interesting, informative and entertaining in equal measure.

Our final event of the year is usually in early December, a winter walk followed by a pub lunch, but this was moved to January 2017 to mark the start of our 10th anniversary year. The walk took place around Waltham St. Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park followed by a lunch at The Bell.

Forthcoming events are featured in Tree Watch, another way to be sure you don't miss anything. Bookings are required for popular events and occasionally there's a small charge to help cover speakers' costs but mostly participation is free.

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