Join us this autumn at Ashridge for a special weekend of family activities in order to raise funds for our veteran and ancient tree conservation project. With fun activities for the whole family, there's sure to be something for everyone!
A tree-mendous weekend
This autumn we will be organising a special weekend of activities at Ashridge Estate. “Tree-mendous Ashridge” is a celebration of the wonderful Ashridge woodland, and will take place September 30th – October 1st from 10am-4pm. Come along and learn more about the trees that grow at Ashridge, including 1,000 ancient and veteran trees, as well as the work we are doing to conserve them.
Fun for the Whole Family
Kids can explore the log play area, sit inside one of our tractors, and learn how to identify different trees. For the grown-ups, there will be drop-in walks each day and a special guided walk of Aldbury Common for those wanting more in-depth information about this special place (booking for the Aldbury Common walk essential). There will also be a photography competition in the visitor centre where visitors can vote for their favourite shot and decide which photo will be featured on display in the visitor centre atrium.
Are you a keen nature photographer? Click here to find out details of the photography competition and how to enter.
Looking after the Trees
Ashridge is home to many rare insect species that live on decaying wood and ancient trees, and is classified as a nationally important site for this group of creatures. The interesting cracks and splits that develop with age are also a vital habitat for roosting bats, woodpeckers, owls, and a wide variety of fungi. We take special care to ensure that our old trees continue to stand for as long as possible.
Tree-mendous Ashridge is being held in order to raise critical funds for our veteran and ancient tree appeal. Money raised over the weekend will directly fund our tree conservation work. We have identified around 1000 veteran trees which require conservation including ‘halo-thinning’ around each tree to ensure that they have enough space and light to continue to grow and thrive. Haloing is slow, technical work and costs around £500 per tree. We are hoping to reach our fundraising goal of £2500, which will allow us to protect five veteran and ancient trees. Donation stations will be set up at the Bridgewater Monument and in the visitor centre. Will you make a donation to help look after our awe-inspiring woodland so that Ashridge can continue to be a special place for ever, for everyone?