The Race is on for the UK’s only Dedicated National Tree Officers Conference Tickets

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 8 November 2017.

The outstanding inaugural event hosted more than 200 delegates from local authorities around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 97% of last year’s delegates felt the content and programme met their reasons for attending this conference.

The National Tree Officers Conference is a unique gathering for professionals interested in all areas of local authority arboricultural work. This conference is crucial to tree, woodland and planning officers; provides a significant platform for future collaborations and partnerships; and offers latest research. It will demonstrate the best practice and innovation from arboricultural and urban forestry experts.

This year’s conference will focus on a range of influential topics from leading arboricultural and urban forestry professionals:

  • Planning Best Practice & Innovation
  • In-House or Out-Sourced
  • Innovation and Research
  • i-Tree Projects

This event is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).

Last year’s delegates demonstrate, in the below quotes, the benefits and value of attending the only UK nationally dedicated Tree Officers conference.

“The National Tree Officers Conference was a fantastic event. It was brilliant to hear how much great work is being done by tree officers all over the country and to have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with colleagues. I’m looking forward to the next one.”

John Parker, Transport for London & Chair of the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA)

“A comprehensive day that linked many of the burning issues tree officers deal with daily. Excellent value!”

Jim Smith MICFor, National Urban Forestry Advisor, Forestry Commission England

“A fully interactive and engaging day, excellent turn out and thought provoking day.”

 Matt Seabrook, Chair, Municipal Tree Officer’s Association (MTOA)

“It was a great atmosphere at the conference, bringing together Tree officers from across the country to discuss best practice in arboriculture.”

Al Smith MICFor, Arboricultural Manager, London Borough of Camden

“Great to hear Tree Officers sharing innovative approaches and ideas, and responding to the challenges they face.”

Craig Harrison FICFor, London Manager, Forestry Commission

“The National Tree Officer Conference 2016 promoted idea exchange and an unparalleled opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to showcase their excellent work, managing local authority trees and woodlands for the benefits of the communities they serve. A key part of the event is having the ability to talk and share experiences with your peers.”

Andy Lederer, Development Director, Institute of Chartered Foresters 

This event is kindly sponsored by RA-Information Systems, GreenBlue Urban, Barcham Trees and Sorbus International. Booking information is available at:

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Hester McQueen
Marketing & Communications Officer
Institute of Chartered Foresters
59 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2JG
Tel: +44 (0)131 240 1425

Event Listing

National Tree Officers Conference 2017
8 November 2017
Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP

The 2017 National Tree Officers Conference is the second event organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The conference offers a unique knowledge-sharing forum on all areas of local authority arboricultural work.

Notes to Editor

  1. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is incorporated by Royal Charter as the only professional body in the UK to award Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist titles. Full details of how to join the Institute, and routes to professional membership, are available on the ICF website:
  2. The LTOA provides an information network for the exchange of views, experiences and ideas on trees and the management of London’s Urban Forest. The Association dates back to 1982 and aims to enhance the management of the capital’s trees and woodlands. It involves local authority Tree Officers in all 33 London Boroughs and Transport for London, an associate membership of a wide range of tree professionals and those who manage and care for trees. The LTOA is funded by London Boroughs and associate member subscriptions and is hosted by the London Borough of Camden.
  3. The MTOA is a not for profit fully constituted organisation dedicated to providing support and continuing professional development opportunities for all municipal arboriculturists in the UK. This includes District, County, Unitary, Borough, Parish and Community Councils, as well as government bodies involved in large scale tree management such as the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales and NGO’s such as the National Trust, National Memorial Arboretum and Woodland Trust etc. In some cases large scale contractors whose business is predominantly related to municipal tree care may also be accepted as members of the MTOA whose membership is free to those qualifying. The MTOA’s membership area is UK wide but does not overlap with other active Tree Officer Groups (eg. LTOA), unless both organisations have decided to work together. For example the Greater Yorkshire Tree Officer Group (GYTOG) has recently affiliated with the MTOA. Run by volunteers taken from its membership under the guidance of member elected officers, the MTOA has a staffed office in the West Midlands and currently comprises over 300 members across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with affiliates as far away as south Africa, China and Japan. Visit
  4. The National Tree Officers Conference call for abstracts ran from March to May 2017.

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