Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association

WDVTA Events and External Events

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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.

After some events we publish related documentation, presentation slide sets or videos. These can be found on our Publications page.

We hope we will be able to meet up again in 2022.

With kind regards

The Events Team
WDVTA Events schedule

We have no events scheduled at the moment, but watch this space.

External events

Here we list some 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

We have no external events to show at the moment, but watch this space.

Review of 2021

Our events programme has always centred around a four pillared programme of walks, visits, talks, and training. As well as being an opportunity to become better informed about the value, health, and management of our wonderful trees, our events have offered wonderful opportunities for WDVTA members to meet, enjoy each others’ company and benefit from the shared wealth of members’ experience of trees and the natural world.

We learned many lessons from the restrictions that were put into place during 2020. The value of Zoom has been immeasurable in allowing us to continue with a programme of events.

picture of Simon Armitage with poem
Contribution to WDVTA from Simon Armitage for our Favourite Trees evening

Talks were greatly enhanced by powerpoint presentations. Without the mastery of the technology that Barry Andersen, Elaine and Malcolm Butler, and our webmaster Malcolm Inglis so capably demonstrated our programme would have been fruitless.

The year began with an excellent virtual walk through Charvil and surrounds led by Barry and Claire Andersen and Sarah Swatridge. We enjoyed a walk by the waterside and along woodland paths exploring a local area largely unknown to many of us until then.

Another very well attended talk was the enlightening update from Gregor Murray the Executive Member for Climate Emergency at WBC held in February.

Our Annual General Meeting was held for the second year on Zoom in March. Guest Speakers Dr Sam Hughes and Nick Hale from the South East Rivers Trust told us about their projects including regeneration work taking place on the Emm Brook. They also detailed the Charvil Backwater Project and told us about the Loddon Catchment Partnership. As a result of this evening some members from WDVTA have become more closely involved with these projects.

In May we repeated a popular event held some years before: My Favourite Tree. It was a mix of contributions from members, from tree professionals who have given talks to WDVTA, and from a few well-known names. Outstanding was the kind reply we received from the Poet Laureate who had taken the time to write a few words for us. It felt very special to end the evening with his thoughts.

WDVTA stand at festival
WDVTA members on the stand at the Twyford Tree Festival

We were very lucky to have our invitation accepted by Jamie Hartzell and guests who reported to us in September on their Oxfordshire Treescape Project. The aim of this project is to identify the appropriate sites for planting new trees that will double the tree cover in the target area. It was shown how ecological, economic, geographic factors all require consideration in the selection of planting sites.

Throughout the year members had been present at various plantings of community orchards and other trees. As the year drew to a close WDVTA supported the Twyford Tree Festival in November during National Tree Week.

We are unable to hold any winter events as a consequence of the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicrom variant Covid virus. We look forward to arranging our programme for the forthcoming year with increased freedom.

If you missed any of the above talks or would like to look back over them the slides and recordings of previous events can be found at our presentations archive. This page includes Glynn Percival’s excellent update on tree diseases from the end of 2020.