2013 EventsDate: Various dates between April and October 2013
Name of event: Woodland Meetings focussed on specific management issues
Organisation: Royal Forestry Society (RFS)
Location: Venues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Details: From carbon finance and managing mixed woodlands, to continuous cover forestry and SSSI coppicing - check out the RFS events calendar for our exciting season of woodland meetings.
RFS events help share knowledge and promote best practice and can count towards CPD for a number of other organisations. Members are entitled to attend any Divisional meetings and non members can attend as guests by arrangement .
AprilDate: Various dates between 3rd April and 23rd May
Name of event: Tree Pests and Diseases UK Roadshow
Organisation: Arboricultural Association
Location: Various locations throughout the UK
Details: In recent years there has been an increase in the incidence of identified, specific pests and diseases and our awareness of these issues. The AA is holding events focussing on this issue across the UK. These events are aimed at working arborists, tree officers, consultants and anyone involved in making day-to day management decisions on our nation’s trees. They are designed to provide a broader understanding for those who want to know how to diagnose the causes of ill health in trees, identify pests and diseases, and learn how to reduce the risk of further spread.
Speakers will be Guy Watson and Ben Abbatt.
Everyone attending the course will receive a free copy of the AA's latest publication ‘Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists’ Field Guide’.
Cost: £60.00 + VAT for Members of AA or £70.00 + VAT for Non-members.
Speakers: Guy Watson and Ben Abbatt
Date: 1st-2nd May 2013
Name of event: ICF National Conference, 'Woodlands and the Green Economy'
Organisation: Institute of Chartered Foresters
Location: Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel
Details: The ICF’s flagship national event takes place on 1 and 2 May at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel. The conference is open to all tree and environmental professionals, and looks set to deliver a programme packed with exceptional speakers and corporate clout.
The ICF is delighted to announce that Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing at Waitrose Ltd., is now joining the session on Corporate Responsibility.
Earlier in the conference, Dr Roddy Fairley, Programme Manager at Scottish Natural Heritage, will speak to delegates about defining ecosystems services.
Other new additions to the programme include Dr Peter Glaves, Director of Enterprise and External Engagement, Northumbria University, who will chair a session on ecosystems services and the importance of valuing them.
Those wishing to attend are advised to book now at www.charteredforesters.org/conference2013
Date: 13th-17th May 2013
Name of event: Tree Care, Protection and Management for Amenity and Development
Organisation: Ancient Tree Forum
Location: Snowdonia National Park Centre at Plas Tan y Bwlch
Details: The aims of this course are to further develop the knowledge and skills required for the sustainable care, protection and management of trees on amenity, development and conservation sites, highways and other areas used by the public.
• Increase knowledge of tree biology to recognise where tree health and preservation is threatened, i.e. by common diseases and defects and how to deal with these situations.
• Further develop tree inspection, evaluation and report writing skills and understand the legal requirements such as TPO’s and risk assessments.
• Improve knowledge of the British Standard ‘Trees in Relation to Construction’ which also has direct implications for those managing amenity / conservation sites. Consider decision making for planning development near trees and appreciate Arboricultural Method Statements.
• Consider the relevance of Amenity Tree Valuations and discuss tree asset and maintenance systems.
This course is designed for public and private sector staff involved in the care, protection and management of trees in areas used by the public.
Course Organisers: Andrew Weir, Plas Tan y Bwlch in conjunction with David Thorman B.Sc, F. Arbor, Arboricultural Consultant.
Price £444 Course No. D/09
Orders/Bookings: Tel: 01766 772600 Fax: 01766 772 609
Date: 30th May 2013
Name of event: HTA UK Plant Biosecurity Conference ‘UK Plant Biosecurity – preparing for the threats of tomorrow’
Organisation: Horticultural Trades Association in association with Confor
Location: Fera Headquarters, York
Details: The issue of biosecurity has never been higher on the Government agenda and with changes on the cards for plant-health regulation in the UK and the rest of the EU the HTA is organising a conference on 30 May to present and debate the issues.
Speakers include Defra Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Lord de Mauley; author and acknowledged authority on the British Countryside Oliver Rackham from Cambridge University; and top plant health officials, Julie Hitchcock and Martin Ward from Defra, on the current threats facing the UK plant trade. An industry panel which includes Martin Ward, John Morgan (Forestry Commission), Jamie Dewhurst (J&A Growers), Simon Ellis (W Crowders and Sons Nurseries) and Harry Frew (Cheviot Trees and representing ConFor), will debate the lessons learned from the 2012 chalara outbreak.
Breakout sessions will focus separately on the needs and concerns of the forestry and amenity/retail sectors of the trade and consider the options for building resilience in the sector, replant grants, improving traceability, codes of practice and reducing the risks to industry.
The conference, supported by HDC and FERA, aims to bring together nurseries, retailers, specifiers and landscapers with regulators and NGO’s to identify an action plan for regulators and the industry to minimise the threat to the UK environment while developing a strong and thriving UK production industry. It also provides a unique opportunity for the trade to present concerns and solutions to policy decision-makers and to shape future regulation of the sector. For the full programme and event information please download the full brochure.
The Conference will be taking place at Fera Headquarters which is set in 32 acres of wooded countryside just outside the historic city of York, the lakeside conference centre is easy to reach by road with free onsite car parking and is just eight miles from York’s mainline railway station.
Date: May and June 2013
Name of event: European Protected Species training
Organisation: Forestry Commission
Location: Various locations
Details: The Forestry Commission are hosting five European Protected Species training events targeted toward woodland owners and agents. The aim of these one day events is to help enable participants to identify habitat types for key EPS species and understand how to carry out work in keeping with best practice reducing the need for an EPS licence.
The training involves an indoor briefing session covering the legislative requirements, the largest part of the day will be spent outdoors identifying and discussing potential habitat sites. The fee for attendance is £50pp, click here to visit the FC box office to book a place and make payment. Places at each event are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
Date: 12th and 13th June 2013
Name of event: ATF Summer Field Meeting
Organisation: Ancient Tree Forum
Location: Knepp Castle, West Sussex and Ashtead Common, Surrey
Details: This Summer's ATF conference will be held at Knepp Castle in West Sussex and Ashtead Common in Surrey on the 12th and 13th of June. Both days will consist of field visits and indoor lectures, and the two venues should provide a fascinating contrast. Knepp Castle has a landscape scale re-wilding project over thousands of acres, where we will discuss the evolution of ancient trees and their associates and explore what this might mean for large scale management today. At Ashtead Common an intensive programme of haloing and retrenchment pruning is underway on the 2000 oak pollards, and we'll take the opportunity to think about pruning techniques and other specific details of managing trees on an individual scale. There will also be the opportunity at both sites to look at pollard creation and veteranisation work. Expect the usual high calibre of speaker (details to follow) and trademark ATF base of tree, free for all, outside the box, vigorous discussion. Programme/details pdf (1176.40KB)
Cost per day £15 Whole event £30
Download the programme here
Date: June 14 2013
Name of event: Free ! Practical Health Workshops on Chalara
Organisation: Royal Forestry Society (RFS)
Location: Three Counties Show, Malvern
Details: Two 2hr workshops for landowners and woodland managers to increase understanding of practical responses to this disease. The workshops will be introduced by Simon Lloyd, RFS Development Director. Simon West, FC's Partnerships and Expertise Manager for the North West and Midlands will be giving an overview of plant health policy followed by an update from FC England plant health experts and FC Woodland Officers from the West Midlands. Andrew Woods chair of the RFS Management Committee will then lead a visit to Langdale Wood to look at ash regeneration and discuss practical responses to the ash dieback.
Date: 14th and 15th June 2013
Name of event: ARB Show 2013
Organisation: The Arboricultural Association
Location: Bathurst Estate, Cirencester
Details:The biggest arboricultural show and networking event. This year will see a packed event with technical demonstrations, the 3ATC CCC, new products for both climbing and ground work, speed briefing events and on-site camping. With over 60 exhibitors already confirmed and products ranging from climbing harnesses to books, boots to goggles, grinders to MEWPs and software to saws, The ARB Show is a true one-stop shop for your specialist needs.
This event is sponsored by Stihl.
For further details click here
Date: 9.30am - 4.30pm 25th June 2013
Name of event: Expert's Question Time
Organisation: The Consulting Arborist Society and ISA (UK & I), in association with Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.
Location: The Jodrell Theatre, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Details: Expert's Question time with two of the UK's leading experts of tree safety, Dr. David Lonsdale and Jeremy Barrell.
Jeremy Barrell and Dr. David Lonsdale have been engaged as experts in numerous tree safety cases, including attending court cases. For the first time, they share the platform and discuss their experiences and the implications for the modern arborist.
The day will start with David and Jeremy each sharing their thoughts on tree safety based on recent court decisions. They will then invite questions from the audience and co-host a forum discussing issues raised. This will form much of the day.
This unique day is the centre piece of the ISA (UK&I)’s 21st anniversary celebrations.
Cost: £55 for ISA (UK&I) members and CAS members, £75 for non-members, £25 for students* (the first 20 students to book, providing they are on a recognised full time course, and are under 25).
The day is sponsored by Sorbus International
Date: 12 & 13 September 2013
Name of event: Confor Woodland Show
Location: Longleat Estate
Details: By popular demand, the show is extending to two days and is re-named the Confor Woodland Show to reflect the growing nature of this popular event. It alternates biennially with Confor's APF Exhibition. More information can be found at http://www.conforwoodlandshow.org.uk/
Date: 2nd-3rd April 2014
Name of event: 'Trees, People and the Built Environment II' Conference
Organisation: Institute of Chartered Foresters
Location: Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham
Details: Following the success of last year’s ”Trees, People and the Built Environment”, which the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) hosted on behalf of a twenty-strong organisation partnership, the ICF has announced its appointment of Dr Mark Johnston to chair another urban tree research conference in 2014.
Dr Johnston said: 'Building the partnership of relevant professional organisations that participated in the 2011 conference was a remarkable achievement. I will be approaching those organisations again and asking for their help in delivering an even better conference in April 2014. As we try to promote sustainable urban environments in increasingly challenging times, the importance of urban trees, urban forests and green infrastructure can only increase'.
With the government now focused on the role for trees and greenspaces, and the topic high on its agenda, 2014 will be timely for ICF to host another urban tree research conference to look at what progress is being made. Once again, the very latest research will be ”showcased” by leading research scientists and expert practitioners from around the world.