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 the benefits of trees in urban greenspace projects, such as for health, well-being and alleviating climate-related problems, are now widely recognised, less so are the benefits of closer collaboration between those on either side of the planning process. On the one hand there’s the vision of the tree and landscape professionals while, on the other, the practicalities for those considering the planning submission. Thus, the seminar will also emphasise how professions have to work together in order to understand how this is best achieved.

ICF and RTPI experts will present on topics including trees in relation to design, demolition and construction; the importance of effective planning conditions and local planning policy; and examples of best practice in arboriculture and landscaping.

It is expected that among those attending will be planning officers, town and country planning officers, arboriculturists, urban greening and landscape professionals, architects and construction planners.

Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director

Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, will chair the first part of the programme. He said:

“This seminar will be fantastic for professional collaboration and building best practice knowledge. Professional planners and arboriculturists will be able to improve their technical understanding and discuss key aspects of the planning process with presentations from both sides of the coin.”

Trees in the Planning Process is supported by GreenBlue Urban and Lockhart Garratt.

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Notes to Editor

  1. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is incorporated by Royal Charter as the only professional body in the UK to award Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist statuses. Full details of how to join the Institute, and routes to professional membership are available on the ICF website:
  2. The Royal Town Planning Institute is UK’s professional planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning. Find out more:

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