Young Professionals Study Tour 2017
Innovative Arboriculture and Urban Woodland Management.
The Autumn Young Professionals Study Tour 2017 on 1-2 September comprises visits to a unique development site and a young but established country park in and around Huntingdon and Peterborough.
The success of the dedicated forestry Young Professionals Study Tours in Hexham and Oban has prompted the Institute to deliver a similar style event for young arboriculture professionals joining as Student and Associate members, as well as of those who have been chartered before the age of 35.
The tour will open with a day at Alconbury Weald, Huntingdonshire. In the morning’s presentations we will hear from the companies involved in the complex site, such as Wharton Tree and Ecology Consultants. In the afternoon, there will be a tour to see and discuss some of the site specific challenges.
Then, on day two, we’ll head to Nene Park, Peterborough, courtesy of our hosts the Nene Park Trust. Delegates will learn about the history of the site and the variety of tree and woodland management considerations, including discussion on its management strategies, some involving commercial infrastructure and integrating natural play.
The Young Professionals Study Tour offers a fantastic opportunity for young arboricultural and forestry professionals to attend a valuable learning event with sociable peer networking.
Thursday 31 August
|Delegates are invited to meet on Thursday for an informal drink from 8.00pm in Huntingdon.
Friday 1 September
|8.30am||Meet in Huntingdon for introductions and scene setting.|
|9:00am||Travel to Alconbury Weald. The former airfield was occupied from 1938 to 1995, and came under the control of both the British and American Air Forces. The site includes areas of historic farmland and a scheduled ancient monument in Prestley Wood. The YPST delegates will be transported in own vehicles or minibuses.|
|9.30am||Morning lectures held within a conference room at Alconbury Weald with representatives from Wharton Tree and Ecology Consultants, Urban & Civic, BMD and Whitings Landscapes to set context, involvement and site considerations/challenges/scope. Retention of historic aspects of the site by interweaving them into the fabric of the new development will be delivered by:
|1:45pm||Tour around around Alconbury Weald looking at different aspects of the site with representatives from a variety of organisations involved. Key features of the unique development, such as arboricultural constraints, tree transplanting, Green Infrastructure and Ecological significance will be discussed throughout the afternoon. The site, on completion will host beautifully landscaped, open spaces, which will include over 700 acres (equivalent to nearly 350 football pitches) of woodland, parks and play areas as well as the Cricket Green.|
|5:00pm||Return to Huntingdon aiming to arrive at approximately 5.30pm.|
|7:00pm||Evening meal in Huntingdon. Drinks at 7.00pm, aim to be seated by 7.30pm.
Saturday 2 September
|9:15am||Meet at Nene Park Trust (NPT) Visitor Centre Car Park. Introduction from Andrew MacDermott MICFor (NPT) to provide an introduction to the site. Nene Park Trust, a registered charity, was created in 1988, which was seen as a new and innovative way of bringing the vast site into management. Along with a 999 year lease on the park, the Trust was endowed with commercial properties and other assets to enable the Trust to generate the income required to manage Nene Park.|
|9:30am||Walk to Lakeside Conference Rooms while discussing different factors that are considered when establishing tree management plans across the site.|
|10:15am||Arrive at Lakeside Conference Rooms for presentations from Andrew MacDermott MICFor, Nene Park Trust and representatives from Hanson UK. Items addressed will include:
|12:45pm||Tour of park to incorporate key management considerations and outline historic changes in the aesthetics of the Park.|
|3:00pm||Summing up and conclusions|
MEET YOUR HOSTS
Peter Wharton MICFor – Director at Wharton Tree and Ecology Consultants
Andrew MacDermott MICFor – Development Manager at Nene Park Trust
Andrew is the Development Manager at Nene Park Trust. He is a Chartered Forester and has worked in a range of roles including on operational operational ranger teams, rural development project management and commercial forestry consultancy.
Nene Park Trust is an ambitious and aspirational young charity that owns c.1700 acres of land on the edge of Peterborough.
The land is managed by the Trust for the benefit of the people of Peterborough and their visitors.
The Estate is a mixture of park facilities, agricultural land and commercial uses.
The focus of Andrew and his team is to deliver new projects at the park.
STUDY TOUR CONTACT
Andy Lederer, Development Director, Institute of Chartered Foresters. Tel. 0117 916 6427.
As part of the booking fee (£95.00), attendees can expect lunch and refreshments on both days and an evening meal on Friday evening.
The Institute of Chartered Foresters reserves the right to alter timings, speakers and the programme in circumstances beyond its control.
This event is open only to members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters through our exclusive Members’ Area.
If you’d like to join the Institute and attend the Tour, please visit Join Us to submit your application.