Help shape the plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain

A consultation was launched on 21 September 2021 to inform a new plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain.  This GB-wide consultation is directly relevant to anyone who has an interest in, and responsibility towards, plant health. With increasing pressure on trees and woodlands to mitigate the climate and nature crises, there are also unprecedented threats […]

Defra announce Tree Health pilot

Announced on 31 August, the Government’s Tree Health pilot will support action against pests and diseases in ash, sweet chestnut, larch and spruce trees in England. The findings from the three-year pilot scheme, delivered by the Forestry Commission, will help develop the future Tree Health scheme that is due to launch in 2024. Defra are […]

Report published on alternative conifer tree species in Great Britain

Given the pressure for the diversification of species used in commercial conifer plantations due to pests and pathogens and climate-associated risks, Woodknowledge Wales and Bangor University have published a report that identifies the top five alternatives that are suitable to meet timber utilisation demands of the forestry sector in Great Britain. The report was commissioned […]

Opportunities to represent the Institute – certification and tree health

We are looking for Chartered members to take up two representative roles on sector groups and committees in certification and tree health. You would be a crucial touch point between Institute staff, Council and members and help shape the Institute’s activities in these areas. Please refer to the ICF Representative brief for a general overview, […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2021 – Invitation to Present

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2021. Building on the success of five previous NTOC events, and in light of continued uncertainty around face-to-face meetings, the conference will take place entirely online on the 2nd and 3rd November. Developed by tree officers for tree officers, the National Tree […]

Defra Launch UK’s First Plant Health Week

With 2020 being the UN’s International Year of Plant Health, Defra is hosting the UK’s first Plant Health Week from 21 – 27 September. Designed in collaboration with multiple organisations in the plant and forestry sectors, it aims to raise awareness of plant health threats and the actions people can take to keep our plants […]

Laying the Groundwork for Managing Ash Dieback in Scotland

Jonathan Callis MICFor, Senior Asset Engineer at Network Rail, attended Scotland’s Ash Dieback Risk Group meeting, coordinated by Scottish Forestry, last month in Edinburgh. With the help of a newly formed Ash Dieback Risk Group, Scotland is gearing up to deal with a significant increase in damage likely to arise from ash dieback over the […]

Urban Canopy Coverage: Interview with Andrew K. Koeser

It’s now less than 3 months until Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 – our triennial conference on urban greenspace. In advance of the conference we’ll be presenting a series of interviews with some of our featured speakers. Here we speak with Andrew K. Koeser of the University of Florida       Andrew […]

Urban Forestry: Interview with Professor Richard Hauer

It’s now less than 3 months until Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 – our triennial conference on urban greenspace. In advance of the conference we’ll be presenting a series of interviews with some of our featured speakers. This week, we speak with Professor Richard Hauer of the University of Wisconsin. As a Professor […]

Nadina Galle Previews Her Presentation for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

Hailing from evolutionary biology and earth sciences, Nadina now works at the nexus of cities, ecology, and technology. Ahead of Trees, People and the Built Environment 4, Nadina gives us a preview of her presentation, where she will be speaking with Sophie Nitoslawski from the University of British Columbia. #TheBigIdea and the next frontier in […]