Pests & Diseases

The Institute of Chartered Foresters and Focus of Forestry First have teamed up to bring you a one-day workshop that focuses on pests and diseases.

This workshop will provide Arboriculturists and Foresters living or working in Wales with an update on current and future tree pest and disease threats. Observatree tree health training resources will be available to view. We will also be emphasising the importance of biosecurity and highlighting the practical measures we can all take to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of tree pests and diseases.

The afternoon clinic session will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask tree health-related questions that relate to their work, or more generally to land and woodland management. The session with close with an activity designed to find out what training opportunities attendees would like in the future.

Who should attend

Foresters and Arboriculturists living or working in Wales.


10:15 – Introduction & Welcome

10:30 – Pests & Diseases Presentation

11:30 – Biosecurity Presentation & Activity

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 – Question & Answer Clinic

14:45 – Future Training Needs Activity

15:30 – Close


  • Suzanne Sancisi-Frey – Forest Research/Observatree (Pests & Diseases)
  • Becki Gawthorpe – Forestry Commission (Biosecurity)
  • Sam Milner – Natural Resources Wales (Tree Health)
  • Mark Hillier – Welsh Government (Tree Health & Problems in Wales)

Course Objectives

  • To provide an update on current and future tree pest and disease threats
  • To help reduce risk of introduction and spread of tree pests and diseases
  • To provide the opportunity to ask specific tree health-related questions


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival. Lunch will also be provided.


This event is subsidised by the Welsh Government and so is currently open only to those living or working in Wales.

Tickets for this event must be booked online through Focus on Forestry First at


For further details about this event, contact the Institute’s Development Director, Louise Simpson.