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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What practices and tools can we use to help our forests adapt to climate change and to store carbon?

Forest Research scientist Gail Atkinson explains how researchers and forestry practitioners from across Europe have united to find innovative ways to tackle climate change. Our climate is changing and this is affecting our forests. If we want our forests to survive and thrive in future, we need to take action to enable them to adapt […]

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 […]

Future of Forestry Research Meeting

24th August 2017 – Silvan House, Edinburgh. One of the few constants in the recent discussions and consultations on the future role of the Forestry Commission across the UK, has been the need for a well-resourced and UK wide approach to forestry research in general, and support for Forest Research in particular. An increasing number […]

Trees can Reduce Floods

Desmond, Eva and Angus – for thousands of people across the UK, these names will evoke traumatic memories. They are the names of storms that hit the UK in the winters of 2015 and 2016. In December 2015 a succession of storms hit the north, flooding around 16,000 homes making this the wettest December in […]

Urban Canopy Cover in England

For many years those of us who are interested in the benefits that trees provide to urban society have pondered on just how many trees we have in our towns and cities. Some have suggested that tree canopy cover in urban areas is decreasing, their perspective being based on anecdotal evidence. How can we improve […]

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 […]

Are all urban forests equally beneficial?

What is an ‘urban forest’? ‘Urban forest’ is a term that is being increasingly used by those engaged in thinking about (and even delivering) resilient cities. But what does it actually mean? There are various published definitions but for our purposes here we adopt a definition that we and our colleagues proposed last year: ‘The […]

Public Health Experts Explore Health and Wellbeing Benefits from Urban Trees

The forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) conference will explore the benefits of urban trees with a focus on health and transport. The advantages of trees within urban spaces has been proven, by research, to produce a positive impact and has become an important subject for a diverse group of professionals. A […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2017 – Call for Papers Now Open

After last year’s success of the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference it returns in 2017. The conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA) and is facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present their latest research, […]

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 […]