Local Authority Adopted Cellweb® Footpath

Geosynthetics Limited is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Woolton Fields Development, Liverpool Introduction In 2017 Redrow Homes and Liverpool City Council embarked on the redevelopment of the Old Lower Lee School site on Beaconsfiled Rd, Woolton, Liverpool. The site contained numerous high-value trees which would be retained and incorporated into the […]

Managing tree data nationally

Bluesky is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  The Bluesky National Tree Map (NTM) identifies the location of more than 280 million trees nationwide, detailing their height and canopy cover. The data was created using innovative algorithms and image processing techniques in combination with the most up-to-date and detailed aerial photography and […]

What’s in a nursery?

Wyevale Nurseries Ltd is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Well, plants of course. And from a Tree Officer`s point of view; Trees!  – But is that true? A nursery these days can be just a shopfront, tree supplies like any commodity can be traded and rattle in from anywhere, the cheapest supplier […]

Showing the way to tread the inventory path

KaarbonTech is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  KaarbonTech supply asset management solutions and surveying services to the local authority market. In fact, KaarbonTech systems manage approximately 33% of the local authority highway network for one or more asset. We are predominately involved in drainage, tree and grit bins and provide surveying […]

Keep your eyes and ears open for new opportunities!

Sorbus International is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Trade conferences and exhibitions have always been a key part of the business year for Sorbus. Not only do we get the pleasure of meeting existing and new customers – and despite the revolutions in IT and social media there is still no […]

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 […]

The New Unit London to Host A Portrait of the Tree

They are the longest living organism on the planet and essential to life as we know it. But when did you last really look at a tree? One person who has had a strong connection with trees for as long as he can remember is renowned photographer Adrian Houston. Five years ago, increasingly concerned that […]

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: […]

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. […]

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 Clean Air Day

Chartered Forester Russell Horsey MICFor, Director at Goetre Villa Ltd, highlights how urban trees help make our towns and cities a cleaner place.  As cities across the world look to tackle air pollution car free zones, congestion charging and the use of electric vehicles have all been proposed. In London there is now a suggestion […]

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 […]

Shireen Chambers FICFor visits Burkina Faso with TreeAid

Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, visited Burkina Faso in her capacity as Chair of TreeAid. Shireen reports on her visit. My first visit to west central Africa didn’t have a promising start, with a cancelled flight in snowbound Paris, but a few moments in Ouagadougou’s 38°C heat dispelled all memories of a European winter. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recent Fatality: Arboricultural Association response

Stewart Wardrop, Chief Executive Officer at the Arboricultural Association (AA), has stated the actions being taken by the AA to advise its membership, the wider arboricultural audience and relevant partner organisation of the tragic events relating to Mr Daniels death: Publish a summary of the events to their membership via a safety bulletin notice. This […]

Plant Health Centre launched

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has launched a new virtual Centre of Expertise for Plant Health during a visit to SASA this morning. Mr Ewing said: “Protecting Scotland from the environmental, economic and social consequences of plant pest and disease threats is increasingly challenging. That is why I am pleased to announce the creation of […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

A green future with CityTree?

As a Tree Officer I spend a great deal of time advocating for urban trees and it is hard for me to hear that there is a new green product which claims to improve air quality more efficiently and cost effectively than trees. But Green City Solutions has done this with its new mossy installation […]

GreenBlue Urban are Delighted to Celebrate their 25th Silver Anniversary

The month was July, the year 1992 – A landscape gardener from Hastings, East Sussex having studied horticulture, arboriculture, tree nomenclature and landscape design at Plumpton Agricultural College soon realised there were causes for early tree mortality. On a particularly dry summer he discovered that drought stress was the biggest single killer for newly planted […]

Tree Officer Groups Unite for National Meeting

In Southampton on July 6th the City Council Civic Office hosted a very special meeting at which representatives of tree officer groups from all over the country came together for the first time to discuss a wide-ranging agenda.  The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) recognises that there are common issues affecting tree officers everywhere, regardless […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Tree Planting in England Plumbs New Depths”

Tree planting in England has plunged to an all-time low, with only 525 hectares of new woodland created in the year to March 31, 2017. Confor’s Chief Executive Stuart Goodall said the statistics were both shocking and depressing – and an indication of total policy failure. “These figures are pathetic – we thought things couldn’t […]

Andy Tipping MICFor tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Member Andy Tipping MICFor, Trees & Woodlands Manager at London Borough of Barnet, tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2016. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? We had recently let new tree contracts and challenged the usual […]

Phil Simpkin MICFor tells us about his experience of presenting at the first National Tree Officers Conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Member Phil Simpkin MICFor, Natural Environment Officer at Wycombe District Council, tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) last year. WHY  DID YOU DECIDE TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT? I had never spoken at a conference when I saw the call for […]

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 […]

Andrew Heald MICFor visits Ukraine to learn more about the Hardwood Forests of Eastern Europe

Andrew Heald MICFor visited Ukraine at the end of January 2017. For several years, I have been working for WWF (World Wildlife Fund) on their New Generation Plantation Project, focussing on the better management of plantations, particularly in South America and South East Asia. Following on from this international experience, I was offered a chance […]

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 […]

Engaging Communities for Successful Tree Management

On this week’s blog, Christopher Neilan MICFor, Principal Tree Officer at Epping Forest District Council, discusses the importance of community engagement in public sector tree management. He shares his experiences of success with local communities and the importance of storytelling for communicating key messages.  What’s the future for public sector tree management? Should we keep […]

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 […]