Urban Tree Establishment

TreePans is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC). With a continued push to plant more trees across the country, its never been a more difficult time to establish trees in our urban environment. As an urban forester, I always struggled to keep my trees mulched and watered and also the grounds teams […]

Bellway Homes TreeBunker

Wrekin Products is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC). The Holmwood Park development of new homes in Ferndown, Dorset, has been created by Bellway Homes Ltd on a site surrounded by large green spaces including 1,000 acres of stunning parkland and forest. The aim of the new residential development was to create an […]

Promoting preparation: Tree health & biosecurity plans

Forestry Commission is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  If a notifiable pest or disease were to be found affecting a tree, woodland, or forest under your management, what would be your response? Would you: Take early retirement? Ask yourself where you are going to find the additional time and funding to […]

Remote Sensing Technologies for Tree Disease Management: A Case Study

2Excel geospatial is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  This article presents research conducted to investigate the potential capabilities of airborne hyperspectral imagery for the assessment of ash dieback in a hedgerow environment. Hyperspectral imagery consists of hundreds of narrow bands across the visible and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum providing […]

2018 National Tree Officers Conference Programme Announced

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) programme is now live. The 2018 NTOC will have a broader reach than ever with presenters from across the UK and beyond with delegates hearing from a local authority officer, Lars Schultz-Christensen, working in Copenhagen, Denmark. The programme will cover a variety of subject areas as per below: […]

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 […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2018 – Call for Presentations Now Open

Building on the success of the last two conferences, the third National Tree Officers Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present to your colleagues on the latest […]

2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Recipients Announced from the UK and Canada

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. The Institute’s Student members Tom Haynes and Michael Wilson from the University of Cumbria were selected among talented competition as the United Kingdom applicants, while Daniel Root from the University of Toronto and Erin […]

Interview with Chief Pilot at BioCarbon Engineering

Speaker Day 1: Planting trees using drones Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing and Communications Officer, interviews Jeremie Leonard as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What technological and/or other developments do you envisage making an impact on the sector in the next few years? In BioCarbon Engineering we are working […]

Do you want to speak at the next National Tree Officers Conference?

Express an interest… Share your knowledge and experience with other professional tree officers in the UK, this is your opportunity to help bring excellence to the industry by presenting at the next National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC). With the last National Tree Officers Conference the most successful yet, we want to try and build on […]

Jon Ryan, shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Jon Ryan, Team Manager (Arboriculture) at London Borough of Islington, tells us about his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? I sat in the audience the previous year and decided that I had no excuse not to submit an abstract. Although […]

Sarah Kiss shares her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Sarah Kiss, Senior Tree Officer at Southampton City Council, tells us about her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract?  I kind of got cornered in an NTOA conference call! I asked a question and someone said it would make a good […]

Greg Packman shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Greg Packman, Aboricultural Officer at The Royal Parks, tells us about his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? It was originally suggested to me by a friend who attended the conference that I should consider doing this because I have built […]

Strong Collaboration between Professional Planners and Arboriculturists

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has partnered with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to deliver Trees in the Planning Process, a half-day seminar on April 13, in Oxford. It will highlight the importance of trees and landscapes in urban greenspace design alongside the considerations of those involved in the planning application process. While […]

Institute breaks Membership Applications and Awards of Excellence records

2017 saw another record number of applicants promoted to Professional Member status. The Institute awarded the prestigious chartered status to 43 applicants this year. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) demonstrated an exceptional professional standard this year as six members’ of their team have been awarded charter status, with four outstanding applicants who were awarded Awards for Excellence. […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2018 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients and two Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award is a partnership initiative between The Prince of […]

World-Leading Canadian Forestry Innovators Drawn to Edinburgh For Major Conference

Francis Charette from FPInnovations, the world leader renowned for its part in supporting the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness, has agreed to travel to Scotland to address the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) annual flagship two-day conference. Innovation for Change – New drivers for tomorrow’s forestry will be held on 2-3 May at Edinburgh International […]

Andy Lederer reports on the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference

Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, attended the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference in November – the UK’s only dedicated national tree officers conference which hosted 240 delegates from local authorities around the UK. Andy reports on his experience. On Wednesday 8 November 2017, Telford in Shropshire saw the largest gathering of local authority tree, woodland and planning […]

TreePans Protecting the UK’s Next Generation of Trees

TreePans is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  TreePans Director, Russell Horsey MICFor, reports on the upcoming conference and TreePans. TreePans “Protecting Trees, Protecting Our Future”. It was really positive to see the launch of the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) last year and TreePans were keen to support the second conference, […]

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 […]

2016: A Year in Forestry and Arboriculture

Throughout 2016 the ICF blog has showcased member opinions on the maelstrom of political and other changes and what they have meant for forestry and arboriculture. As the year draws to a close, ICF Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor looks back on the most important events and their impact on the sector.  The winter of […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD$12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients. Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants in the partner countries, gain valuable professional experience through an […]

Early Bird Booking Opens for Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

Early bird booking has opened for an acclaimed urban trees research conference. Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) will return to Birmingham University, 5-6 April 2017. The triennial conference is a unique gathering of built and natural environment professionals, working towards the shared goal of enhancing green infrastructure. It provides an important platform […]

The Silvicultural Prize

The Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize) is awarded annually by the Institute to the author(s) of the paper which, in the opinion of the Editors, best meets the criteria set down by the anonymous donor of the Prize Fund. The winning papers from the past ten […]