National Study Tour 2019


The National Study Tour 2019 is fully-booked and we have an extensive waiting list in operation.

To be added to the list, please email

Plantation forests to native forests: Opportunities, Challenges, and Risks

This year, the Institute’s National Study Tour will be held in Aberdeen and Deeside in conjunction with the European Forest Institute’s annual conference, ‘Plantation forests to native forests: Delivering multiple ecosystem benefits in a changing climate’.

The Institute’s National Study Tour will give you the opportunity to see and discuss different types of plantation woodland and native forestry. It will examine potential risks and opportunities of different types of forests in terms of management in a changing world with diverse environmental and business demands.

On Thursday 19 September, we will start at the Village Hotel, Aberdeen, for an early evening series of talks, followed by a panel and audience discussion and then an informal networking dinner.

On Friday 20 September, minibuses will transport us on our field visits to:

Durris is a productive forest, largely planted with exotic species. But its proximity to the city of Aberdeen has created multi-functional demands on the forest, as well as opportunities. Glen Tanar has a diversified range of businesses covering forestry, tourism, hunting, and conservation as well as a National Nature Reserve, productive forest and amenity forest.

Outline Programme

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The coordinator for the Institute’s National Study Tour 2019 is James Nott MICFor, Conservator of Grampian Conservancy at Scottish Forestry.


On both days we will be joined by experts who will lead our discussions.

Among them will be:

  • John Thomson MICFor, Regional Manager East, Forestry and Land Scotland
  • Michael Bruce, Director, Glen Tanar

Who Should Attend?

Forest and woodland managers and other practitioners, land agents, landowners, policymakers and academics who want to:

  • stay ahead and consider potential new markets
  • share knowledge and build professional networks with like-minded forestry and arboricultural sector professionals.

European Forest Institute Annual Conference

Attendees may also wish to book on to the European Forest Institute annual conference, ‘Plantation forests to native forests: Delivering multiple ecosystem benefits in a changing climate’ taking place on Thursday 19 September at Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel. Tickets can be purchased from the EFI’s website. The Institute intends to provide courtesy transport from the Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel to the Village Hotel at the end of the seminar session. You can view EFI’s programme here.

Scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners from the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the European Forest Institute will hopefully come together for an informed and synergistic discussion on these issues.

Where to Stay?

If you require accommodation for the National Study Tour, the Institute has a number of allocated rooms at The Village Hotel for £55.00 single occupancy, Bed & Breakfast overnight on Thursday 19 September.

How to Book

The National Study Tour is only open for ICF members’ priority booking at present. Please ensure that you read the terms and condition of booking for the National Study Tour 2019 before confirming your booking. Please note that places for the National Study Tour are limited and a waiting list will be in operation when the tour is full.

Point of contact

Should you require any further information regarding the National Study Tour, then please contact our Events Manager, Nathaniel Jackson.

September 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019
17:30 - 16:00

The Village (Aberdeen) ,
Prime Four, Kingswells ,
Aberdeen AB15 8PJ

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