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Booking opens for the UK’s only dedicated Tree Officer Conference

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 6 November 2018.

Last years’ outstanding event hosted more than 230 delegates from local authorities and private practice around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 93% of last year’s delegates felt the content and programme met their reasons for attending.

The National Tree Officers Conference is a unique gathering for professionals interested in all areas of local authority arboricultural work. The conference is crucial to tree, woodland and planning officers by providing a significant platform for collaboration, partnerships, benchmarking and an insight into current best practice and research. It will demonstrate industry innovation from across the UK and this year, there will be a European speaker providing an example of local authority tree management in Europe.

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

  • International Diversity and Professionalism
  • Legislation and Protection
  • Opportunities and Biosecurity
  • Data Utilisation

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).

Quotes from last year’s delegates demonstrate the benefits and value of attending the only nationally dedicated Tree Officers conference:

Miriam Hill MICFor, Tree Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said

“The National Tree Officer Conference is a fabulous opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. As all the speakers are fellow Tree Officers and Planners, every talk is filled with useful information, experience, and helpful hints. An exceptional day!”

Elton Watson MICFor, Senior Tree Officer at Wrexham County Borough Council, said

“Attending last year’s NTOC was definitely a worthwhile experience, the range and diversity of topics meant there was something for everyone. I thought the quality of the presentations was very good and the low cost made it some of the best value for money CPD available. The event was well attended, attracting not only Tree Officers but a number of private sector consultants. I will be attending again this year!”

Amelia Williams, Arboricultural Officer at Test Valley Borough Council, said

“I was fortunate to attend last year’s National Tree Officers Conference, as this provided a great opportunity to hear about innovations and progress being made by local authorities with regard to trees and tree management. It was also a chance to network and share knowledge with fellow tree officers and tree managers. Plus, time to meet traders from the industry and find out about the latest technology and developments in tree planting, species availabilities and data capture and lots more. It is a well organised and run event and, well worth attending.”

Keith Sacre MICFor, Arboricultural & Urban Forestry Director at Barcham Trees plc, said

“I attended last years’ conference and it was excellent. Inspiring hearing tree officers tell their story. It is long overdue that they had their own collective voice and this conference provides that forum.”

Michelle Ryan, Arboricultural Consultant at AECOM, said

“The National Tree Officers Conference is a great platform that showcases the fantastic work carried out by our Tree Officers and highlights the challenges they face.

As a consultant in the private sector, it has given me a unique insight into the advances in local authority tree management, keeping me ahead of the game.”

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