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: […]

National Tree Officers Conference launches vibrant logo

To mark the success of the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC), the Institute of Chartered Foresters, London Tree Officers Association and Municipal Tree Officers Association have launched a new logo. The brand was led by NTOC Steering Group under the advisement of Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing & Communications Officer. The design of the NTOC marks […]

Working with tree officers

GreenBlue Urban is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Twenty-five years after our inception, GreenBlue Urban have developed solutions we are proud of but we don’t stop and stagnate! It is through our work with Arboriculturalists that we are truly able to understand the complexities of our most precious assets – trees. […]

ICF Regions

News from around the ICF Regions Wales Regional Group: Spring Lunches For the third year running, Wales’ members gathered simultaneously in two locations as we again split our annual Spring lunch between a North Wales venue at the Cross Foxes, Dolgellau, and a South Wales venue at the Kings Head, Llandovery, allowing us to reach […]

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 […]

Land Revival competition: learn about ecological and community restoration

Don’t miss this opportunity to win three different two-day tours through the landscapes of woodlands, forests and their communities (outline). Each tour will visit a cluster of sites in different parts of Scotland during the summer and autumn. This is a great networking opportunity to meet other upcoming professionals in your industry and is open […]

Interview with Provincial Leader at FPInnovations

Speaker Day 1: The Main Challenges of Developing Autonomous Equipment in Forestry The Institute interviews John Pineau as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What innovation means to FPInnovations/what innovative development(s) it is working on? Innovation is pervasive to our corporate culture at FPInnovations. We are always striving to find new […]

Long-Term Forest Planning and Professionalism Workshops

This April, learn about new plans for woodland management and requirements in Wales at a one day workshop run jointly between the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Farming Connect, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government. Ym mis Ebrill, dysgwch am gynlluniau newydd ar gyfer rheoli coetiroedd a gofynion yng Nghymru mewn gweithdy undydd a gynhelir […]

Drax and Treemetrics pushing the boundaries of innovation at the UK’s flagship forestry conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce that power giant Drax and Ireland’s ‘Internet of Trees’ technology-solution provider Treemetrics are now confirmed for its flagship National Conference, this May in Edinburgh. The conference will focus on how the fast-moving developments in science and technology, and the revolution they bring – from global […]

Woodland Creation Design

Woodland Creation Design: One Day, interactive Workshops for Woodland Creation Applicants. Forestry Commission England and the Institute of Chartered Foresters are delivering interactive woodland creation design workshops across England in June 2018. These workshops will provide practical and technical information and advice on how to design new woodlands that fit within the landscape and accommodate […]

Looking back at looking forwards

Speaker Day 1: Future paths/drawing from other sectors The Institute interviews Fiona Lickorish, formerly Head of the Cranfield Institute for Resilient Futures at Cranfield University, as she prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What piece of advice would you give yourself if you could turn the clock back 20+ years? […]

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 […]

Trioss’ Director to speak at ICF’s National Conference

Nick Pyatt, Director at Trioss, will address the Institute’s National Conference: Innovation for Change in May on: Adaptation Pathways – Adapting in an uncertain climate changing world. Trioss has a track record in tackling organisational resilience to a changing and uncertain future climate. Nick’s background: Nick gained a Forestry Diploma from the Scottish School of Forestry […]

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 […]

ICF East England: Forest School and the Power of Outdoor Learning

Mark Pritchard FICFor, ICF East England Regional Group Secretary, attended ICF East England: Annual Dinner and AGM 2018. Mark reports on his experience. The East England Regional Group’s Annual Dinner and AGM was again held at the centrally located Ravenwood Hall Hotel near Bury St Edmunds on 25 January. Chari, Andrew Coombes FICFor introduced our guest speaker, Mell Harrison, […]

ICF 2018 National Conference Chair Chris Hamill explains the aims of the conference

We often think of change as an absolute process, however it is more like a constant evolution. Occasionally we experience huge leaps, where that change is obvious (for example the introduction of the chainsaw), still it is mostly incremental and can only be appreciated when reviewing longer periods of time. Amid the fourth industrial revolution, […]

Interview with Professor Tariq Butt, Swansea University

Speaker day 1 on: Biopesticide-based products and strategies for control of tree pests Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing and Communications Officer, interviews Professor Tariq Butt as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. Professor Butt currently works at the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, where he carries out research in Plant Protection […]

Maggie Wright shares her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Maggie Wright, Development Manager at London Borough of Sutton, tells us about her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? A colleague in a neighbouring borough suggested it – he said it would be a good subject of interest to a wider […]

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 […]

2017 ICF East England: Trees and Decay – Conservation and Risk Management Report

Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, attended 2017 ICF’s East England: Trees and Decay – Conservation and Risk Management event. Andy reports on his experience. The National Trust site, Hatfield Forest in Essex played host to the Institute’s East England regional meeting on Thursday 23rd November 2017. The event was sold out with delegates coming from […]

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 […]

ICF Wales Regional Group: Future Forestry. What will Wales’ Forestry look like in 2050? report

Associate member Mike Cresswell, attended the ICF Wales Regional Group event: Future Forestry. What will Wales’ Forests look like in 2050? Mike reports on his experience. This year the Wales region held its annual general meeting and annual autumn conference at Bangor University. The event had over 90 delegates ranging from non-members to Fellows of the […]

Woodland Creation Essentials Workshops

Forestry Grant Scheme: one day workshops for woodland creation applicants This March, learn how to identify key issues when preparing applications for grant aid in Scotland at a one day workshop run jointly between the Institute of Chartered Foresters and Forestry Commission Scotland. These workshops are unmissable for anyone actively preparing to submit grant applications. Following […]

Andy Lederer reports on the UKFS Principles workshops

Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, attended the UKFS Principles: Plans into Practice workshop on 13 November 2017. Andy reports on his experience. Monday 13 November 2017 opened the first of seven roadshow CPD events around England – UKFS Principles: Plans into Practice, which are jointly hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and Forestry Commission […]

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, […]

UKFS Principles – Plans into Practice Workshops

UK Forestry Standard 2017: A one-day workshop to help you put your Plans into Practice. Find out about the key changes around Felling Licence applications, UKFS and develop your knowledge of operational plans. Understand the impact to your work from: How will the national implementation of Service Standard between the FC and you affect your business. Learn […]

Buxtons is proud to support the National Tree Officers Conference

Buxtons is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  The National Tree Officers Conference offers a great forum for Tree Officers from all over the country to get together to discuss current issues and share their experiences. The conference offers a rare networking opportunity for Tree Officers to meet and share problems and […]

The Biggest Trends Influencing Tree Procurement Today

Hillier Trees is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  While some trends in tree procurement almost never change – like sourcing the right tree varieties at a fair price – in recent years, a number of political and environmental concerns have become much more significant as part of procurement decisions. 1. Responsible […]

PocketGIS ARB

Positioning Resources Ltd is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Does this ring a bell? It’s a wet and windy day and you’re out surveying trying to make notes and mark up a topographic map on a soggy piece of paper and your pen won’t work. To make matters worse once back in the […]

TPOs: Improve your Reaction time and save more Trees

 ezytreev is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  It’s early afternoon and you get the tip-off, it might be potential development land or perhaps a private garden with some prominent trees, but word is that the tree fellers are due in the morning. Your next move, and how fast you can make […]

Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health team

Forestry Commission England is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Members of the Forestry Commission England’s (FCE) tree health team will once again be in attendance at the National Tree Officer’s Conference.  Following the inaugural event last year, the team is very much looking forward to seeing what the conference has in store, […]

Sorbus takes Innovation to 2017 National Tree Officers Conference

Sorbus International Limited is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Sorbus, based in Frome Somerset, is celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2017 and proud to be supporting the second National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Sorbus offers a comprehensive range of specialist and HiTech products for arboriculture professionals including the well proven PICUS, IML […]

Get to Know Your Tree Officer!

GreenBlue Urban is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  The themes of the National Tree Officers Conference really got us thinking here at GreenBlue Urban (GBU) Head Quarters. How do we support, and in some respects, ‘market’ urban trees and their fantastic custodians, the Tree Officers? Working effectively with politicians and communities […]

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 […]

Riccardo Arnone, shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2016

Riccardo Arnone, Arboricultural Officer at London Borough of Camden, tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference in 2016. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT? I was working with my colleague on a study of species diversity in Camden’s annual tree planting programme when the call for […]

Kelly Suvari, shares her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2016

Kelly Suvari, Arboricultural Officer at London Borough of Camden, tells us about her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2016. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? When I first heard about the National Tree Officers Conference, I was interested to attend but I never thought I would end […]

TPBE3: Did it deliver?

I am endlessly puzzled by how the academically intelligent can be so communicationally blind!  In the last five years, I have spoken at eight international tree conferences and every one has suffered from the same blight;  professors and peers who know so much about their chosen subject and so little about communication.  Delegates don’t need […]

Ground-breaking Research at International Urban Trees Research Conference

Over 300 health, highways, and urban tree professionals descended on the University of Birmingham, on 5-6 April, for the third in the now renowned Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE) conferences. Hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters on behalf of a 20-strong conference partnership, the triennial event has established its reputation for bringing […]

Interview with Sam Bristow, Tilhill Forestry

The Institute asked Associate member Sam Bristow, Assistant Forest Manager with Tilhill Forestry and one of the hosts for his views on the up and coming Young Professionals Study Tour. WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE LAST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS STUDY TOUR? The YPST in 2016 gave me a great opportunity to meet and talk […]

A Walk in the Woods – Mirehouse Estate, Keswick Cumbria

North of England – Regional Group Meeting. The North of England Region is trialling a new approach to regional meetings by hosting local and low key events during the weekend, and hopefully more often.  The first meeting was held on Saturday 4th March at Mirehouse Estate near Keswick, with kind support of the current and […]

Interview with Craig Hinton, Enspec Environment & Risk, Australia

Speaker day 2: The Role of Tree Population Data in Promoting Tree Benefits Cathy Frossard, Marketing Consultant on the Trees, People and Built Environment 3 Conference, interviews Craig Hinton on his views of the upcoming conference. There are those who maintain that, now most of us live in towns and cities, our deep cultural relationship […]

Urban Forestry is now a Health Benefit

The positive impact of trees on the health of people living and working in urban spaces has become a hot topic in recent times. Studies from around the world are proving time and again that health improvements can be seen in areas where trees are integrated into the built environment. So, it is becoming imperative […]

Urban Forestry is now an International Language

On the 5 & 6 April world experts in arboriculture, urban planning, urban forestry, public health, ecology, research  and engineering, will congregate in Birmingham for an International Conference on the latest research and practices surrounding the environmental, social, and economic benefits of urban trees. The Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 Conference (TPBE3) will […]

East England Region AGM & Dinner 2017

Following ICF’s East England Region AGM & Dinner, Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, highlights our guest speaker Dr Hillary Allison’s inspirational talk. On 26th January 2017, the East England Region held their annual AGM & Dinner at the beautiful Ravenswood Hall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and this year the region invited Dr Hilary Allison MICFor as […]

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 […]

National Tree Officers Conference Delegate Information

Date and Time Wednesday 9 November 2016 9:45 – 16:15   Location Oakengates Theatre, Theatre Square, Limes Walk, Telford TF2 6EP   Where to Stay There are numerous accommodation options close to the conference venue. Please find below a short list of suggestions. Park Inn by Radisson Foregate Telford TF3 4NA 01952 429988 Premier Inn […]

National Tree Officers Conference

               Sponsored by: Barcham Trees | Buxtons Ltd | Ezytreev | GreenBlue Urban | KBI UK   National Tree Officers Conference 9 November 2016, Telford The 2016 National Tree Officers Conference is a unique event offering the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural work. Hosted by the London Tree […]

NC16 Delegate Information

Delegate Information Date and Time Day 1: Wednesday 27 April, 9:15 – 17.30 Day 1 (Conference Dinner): Wednesday 27 April, 19:20 for 20:00 Day 2: Thursday 28 April, 9:00 – 16.30   Location Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, Conference Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE3 5HN   Where to Stay Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. […]

Conference 2016

ICF National Conference 2016: The Timber Supply Chain – Dynamics and Opportunities     Conference Overview Join us in Newcastle for an outstanding programme that will challenge conventional thinking on the cascading use of timber, and explore how best to capitalise on emerging markets. Over two days, the programme will explore the whole supply chain […]

Better Management Plans, Faster Approvals Workshops

          As part of the Rural Development Programme for England 2014-2020, the new Countryside Stewardship scheme will offer grants to help landowners, farmers and foresters improve our environment and countryside. During the course of the scheme it is expected that 10,000 hectares of new woodland will be created – with £85 million […]

TPBEII Proceedings

        The second Trees, People and the Built Environment conference took place 2-3 April 2014 at Birmingham University. Please find below links to download the event proceedings, as well as individual papers.   Full Proceedings   Download TPBEII Conference Proceedings (PDF) Print Copy: Order Now at Lulu.com   Reference: Johnston, M. and […]

ICF Regional Events

ICF Regional Events In addition to its National events, ICF holds local events through its network of Regional Groups. Regional events are planned and organised by members of each Regional Committee. They are largely attended by ICF members based in the region, but members from other ICF regions, as well as non-members, are often welcome […]