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Thorncombe Village Trust

                                                   Tree squad…..volunteers wanted!

   Can you spend a couple of hours helping to tidy up the Trust’s trees? We need people to come along and help clear the undergrowth, check tree ties, cut back brambles etc. Full instructions given, all that’s needed is enthusiasm!

  If you can help please contact us on villagetrust@hotmail.co.uk so we can arrange convenient times etc.

                                                                  Thank you

One of the primary aims of the Trust has been the planting and maintaining of hundreds of trees in the parish. Beautiful trees that now  line the hedgerows and the lanes, and in one case form a  wood, are there because the Trust used members' subscriptions to buy, plant and maintain the trees.

Trees planted in hedgerows are marked with blue ties, to warn anyone trimming the hedge. When planted they are staked for a year or two until they get strong enough to support themselves. If you notice any trees that are obviously in need of attention, such as outgrown ties, or damaged branches, please contact a Trust committee member.

                                               Types of trees

In general the trees that are planted are indigenous species such as hawthorn, oak, ash, mountain ash and wild cherry. Also, the planting spot is taken into consideration - some species such as beech prefer to be planted on a bank, whereas willow or alder are damp-loving trees.

                                          Commemorative Trees   

We’ve planted several commemorative trees in the parish, see more….  


                                                  Venn Hill

This stunning avenue of oaks  makes a memorable entrance to the village and is hugely important to the area. Thirty years ago some of the trees had died and members were concerned that the avenue was in danger of disappearing. The Trust filled in gaps and planted replacements which have grown well.

                                            Johnson's Wood

In 1997 Mr Johnson, a local landowner, allowed the sloping site near Dungeon Coppice  to be planted with woodland trees by Thorncombe Village Trust. Many people pass this woodland daily when walking through from Wittey's Lane to the Dungeon without realising its history........ read more

Ban on import and movement of ash confirmed ….. The Government has confirmed a ban on the import and movement of ash trees following the outbreak of Chalara ash dieback. The Government must now set up an emergency summit bringing together representatives from all areas of forestry, plant health and conservation to address the wider issues surrounding threats to our native trees and woods.

Read more on the Woodland Trust website   

And here on the Dorset County Council site  : www.dorsetforyou.com/ash-dieback-disease       


                                              Have you heard of the Ancient Tree Hunt?

Your help is needed to record ancient trees so that they can be protected, and now that there is the threat of ancient ash trees dying, it is especially important to record particularly old and large ashes before they are gone forever.

The Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) is a living database of ancient trees. The ATH began in 2004, as a joint venture with the Tree Register of the British Isles and the Ancient Tree Forum. By October 2011, over 100,000 hand-picked trees had been recorded across the UK. There are still lots of amazing ancient trees still to be discovered and recorded as they can be found anywhere and everywhere. If you find a tree that is not on the map then please add it and upload an image as well. The growing database will give us a much better understanding of the number of ancient trees across the UK. Recording them is the first step towards cherishing and caring for them.” http://www.ancient-tree-hunt.org.uk/project/hunt

You can download recording forms and information about how to identify ancient trees on this site too. Please let us know of any trees you identify as ancient.