ICF Members’ Hour – The Northern Forest Project with Paul Nolan OBE MICFor

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Join us on 23 July for the latest in our #MembersHour series with Paul Nolan OBE MICFor, Director of the Mersey Forest.

Paul will be providing an overview of the Northern Forest project – a 25-year vision to plant 50 million trees around the northern cities of Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull. This area accounts for 13 million people and a woodland cover that is lower than the England average.

Together, Woodland Trust and four Community Forests (HEYwoods, White Rose Forest, City of Trees and The Mersey Forest) have developed a long-term plan to enable an acceleration in the rate of new woodland planting; provide a greater focus on woodland management and engage local communities in reshaping their environment.

Taking place on Zoom, this presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.

This #MembersHour will take place on Thursday 23 July between 11am and 12pm. You can also join in the chat on Twitter using #MembersHour.

If there’s a subject you’d like to discuss, or potentially host, in a future #MembersHour session then please let us know via icf@charteredforesters.org.

Session Outline

  • Background to Northern Forest – the lead up to the launch of the 25 Year Plan for the Environment and the Partnership between Woodland Trust and the Community Forests
  • Developing the evidence base for Northern Forest
  • Aspirations for the Northern Forest
  • Progress to date
  • What next?


Who should attend?

Forest consultants, land agents, contractors, planners and anyone involved in planning, growing, using or managing trees and woodlands.

Links to suggested pre-reading for delegates