48 hrs to Deadline for Abstracts(5pm 12.05.17)

Do you have an idea or have been thinking and working ‘outside the box’ in your Tree Officer role? We’d all like to hear about it, and here’s your chance. Let us know, we’re all in the same boat!

National Tree Officer Conference 2017 – Call for Papers




National Tree Officers Conference 2017 – Call for Papers Now Open


After last year’s success of the inaugural first National Tree Officers Conference it returns in 2017. The conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA) and is facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present their latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural work.

The conference will be held on Wednesday the 8th November 2017, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP (www.theplacetelford.com).

The submission period for abstracts to be presented at the conference is now open and it will close on Friday 12th May 2017 at 17:00hrs.

Abstracts, up to a maximum of 500 words and will be considered on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to the remit of a tree/woodland/planning officer. (Abstracts will only be considered from local government – employed tree officers and woodland officers.) Presentation sessions will be between 20 – 40 minutes; please specify the length of your presentation will be when making your submission.

For guidance, the following subject headings are suggested:

  • Tree strategies/policy/tree database innovation
  • Biosecurity
  • Planning
  • Tree risk management
  • Case studies – tree projects and or best practice
  • Tree related planning and enforcement case studies
  • Raising the profile of trees with the local government setting/working effectively with politicians
  • Tree planting
  • Working well with the public/tree groups/forums/friends of groups

Abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee and selection will be based on overall quality, appropriateness, focus and the practical nature of material and appeal to a tree officer audience. Additional subjects (not listed) may be considered, following review by the selection committee.

Conference bookings will open later in the year at www.charteredforesters.org/event/tree-officers-conference-2017

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, and receiving a wide range of abstracts.

Submissions by email to: Becky Porter, London Tree Officers Association executive.officer@ltoa.org.uk.

Press Enquiries:

 Hester McQueen

Marketing & Communications Officer Institute of Chartered Foresters 59 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2JG Email: Hester.McQueen@charteredforesters.org

Tel: +44 (0)131 240 1425

Free Forestry Safety and Health Awareness Day – Get Involved!!


Free Forestry Safety and Health Awareness Day

Friday 18 March 2016 – Central Scotland, Battleby, Perthshire

Tuesday 22 March 2016 – Northern England, Kielder Castle, Northumberland




HSE has again teamed up with the Forestry Commission’s Learning and Development team to host the events, which are dedicated to raising awareness of important health and safety issues specific to the forestry industry. Attendance on the day is free.

The events are supported by the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) and HSE gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from Egger Forestry, Euroforest, Scottish Woodlands and Tilhill Forestry.

Developed in partnership with the industry, all those involved in forest operations should benefit from the half-day event, from forestry work managers to site supervisors, to those actually carrying out the work.

Trainers who have years of experience working in forestry will cover issues relating to the use of forestry machinery and forestry chainsaw work, directional felling including the use of hydraulic wedges and bottle jacks, hand-arm and whole body vibration, and public access issues.

At the events, scenarios are acted out based on situations that have led to serious accidents in the past. Risks are examined and common sense solutions are identified that can be applied on site.

Each event is developed to reflect the type of forestry work taking place in that geographical area.

Attendance at the event is by booking only. For further information or to book places please contact Jack MacGregor at HSE by emailing treework.shads@hse.gsi.gov.uk or telephoning 01463 723273 (indicating whether you wish to attend the morning or afternoon session). Applications will be confirmed upon receipt.

Please feel free to forward this bulletin to other forestry businesses that you think would be interested in attending.

AGM for 2016 cancelled to 8th February 2017

Following a number of set backs the Board of Directors have agreed to cancel this years AGM and Seminar day and have resolved to reschedule the event for 8th February 2017.

Whilst we make every effort to maintain current awareness, legeslative change and revisions in documents and standards we all refer to as part of our respective jobs, it is very difficult trying to compile training days and field trips whilst still undertaking our daily roles as Tree Officers and similar. Please be assured that the BoD are working towards constructing a training and seminar day within the next few months and hope to bring news of this soon, so please keep checking in with us to see whats new and any dates that have been set.

As a voluntary organisation we are constantly looking for people to get involved and would appeal to anyone who thinks they may have something to contribute to our cause to get in touch and we will gladly take a look at any suggestions you may have or offers of your time to contribute to the MTOA. Please feel free to get in touch.

Austerity is affecting us all and now, more than ever we should be pulling together and advising one another of initiatives and ways of saving money or changing the way we do things to secure not only our jobs but the trees within our respective care and communities. We should all be ‘hooking up’ with the ‘health and wellbeing’ departmwents within our councils and boroughs given the positive affect that trees have on our mental and physical wellbeing.

So please get in touch with any ideas, comments or offers to assist, always welcome.


Harrogate Borough Council – Tree Surveyor Post (Temporary Casual or Self-Employed)

Harrogate Borough Council is looking to fill the role of Tree Surveyor on a temporary casual or self-employed basis.  Ideally we are looking for a professionally qualified Arborist, to at least NC Level, who must be able to work under their own initiative.   They must possess a working knowledge of computerised tree management systems, preferably Treewise, and be conversant with, or a licenced user of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment – or tree risk assessment systems and principles in general.  They should also be experienced in tree inspection techniques with a good knowledge of tree pest and disease identification and tree hazard assessment.  In addition they should also be able to recommend appropriate tree works in accordance with good management practice and relevant British Standards.
If you, or anybody you may know of, would be interested in this then please give me a call, or pass on my details, and I would be happy to discuss it further.

E: paul.casey@harrogate.gov.uk

T: 01423 500 600 (Ext 51012)

The Tree Council – Rooted in The Community

40th Anniversary National Tree Week

Saturday 28th November – Sunday 6th December




The strength and wellbeing of urban and rural communities alike is rooted in its trees. Strong healthy trees are a mark of a strong healthy community, and to continue to grow strong together, it’s essential for communities to keep on planting trees.
This is why, each winter, The Tree Council inspires thousands of people across Britain to join forces and plant upwards of a million trees during National Tree Week – the UK’s largest tree festival.
Launched in 1975, National Tree Week is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
The campaign has its roots in the national response to the Dutch Elm Disease crisis of the 1960s, which destroyed millions of trees. Communities across the UK answered the call to help replenish their depleted treescapes by taking part in the groundbreaking Plant a Tree in ‘73 initiative. Following the campaign’s success, The Tree Council was founded and the first ever National Tree Week took place two years later.
40 years on, and we are once again facing a major threat to our trees in the form of ash dieback. To stem the damage to our landscapes and neighbourhoods, it is more essential than ever that we grow more trees in our parks, streets, woods and green spaces.
Tree planting activities and workshops are taking place around the country organised by schools, community groups, The Tree Council’s member organisations and its volunteer Tree Wardens. Details can be found on The Tree Council’s interactive ‘Near You’ map, while tips for hosting an event and a downloadable poster to promote it are also available via the website: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk.
‘With forty years of successful growth behind it, National Tree Week has become firmly rooted in the calendar of hundreds of community groups around the UK,’ said Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council. ‘To mark the 40th anniversary of this important campaign, we want to celebrate Britain’s rich heritage of tree-planting and applaud the commitment of communities that really value their trees.’

Seed Gathering Session 2015- Get Involved..!!


 Seed Gathering Season 2015

From 23rd September through to 23rd October


 A strong community, just like a healthy tree, starts with solid roots. So, what better way for a community to look back to its roots, and put down fresh ones, than by coming together to grow more trees from seed?

23rd September marks the start of Seed Gathering Season 2015 – a month-long festival organised by The Tree Council, which aims to inspire people to get outside and gather, nurture and germinate tree seeds for the benefit of their neighbourhoods.

The trees that are most likely to put down the strongest roots are the ones whose seeds have been gathered from local stock. Walks in the autumn sunshine provide the perfect opportunity to collect local seeds from parks, streets, woods and hedgerows.

In addition to thinking about their local treescape and growing the trees of the future, The Tree Council is also encouraging everyone to make the most of the autumn harvest by gathering nuts, fruits and berries to eat and make into delicious autumnal treats.

If you want to be sure that you are picking and collecting the right things in the right places, you can join events that will taking place up and down the country, run by The Tree Council’s member organisations, its network of volunteer Tree Wardens and other supporters, including harvest festivals, orchard and apple days and hedgerow cookery lessons. Further information, an events map and a free poster to download can be found on The Tree Council’s website, http://www.treecouncil.org.uk.

‘Our popular Good Seed Guide is a mine of information about how to gather and sow tree seeds, whist Trees and How To Grow Them has lots more information about the trees themselves’ said Pauline Buchanan Black, director-general of The Tree Council. ‘And for the communities that want to bond over food, our Hedgerow Harvest website has recipes aplenty.  The community that plants and eats together, puts down roots together.’

For further information on Seed Gathering Season please contact (press enquiries only):

Margaret Lipscombe: 07967 201 624

Jon Stokes: 07850 389 862


  1. Please bear in mind that:
    • fruit is the property of the landowner, whichever side of the hedge it grows, so it should only be collected with the owner’s permission. Any collecting should be done without causing damage.
    • you need to be sure you know what you are collecting if you intend to eat it
    • if collecting with children they will need to be supervised, as many poisonous fruits and seeds are very attractive.

Foraging and recipe information can be found on www.hedgerowharvest.org.uk

  1. About growing trees from seed

For tips on successful collection, germination and nurture of 46 varieties of native tree seed, ‘The Good Seed Guide’ – a booklet about collecting seeds and growing trees, with identification details – is available for £3.50 (including postage and packing)

For information about growing a wide range of common ornamental trees as well as our many native species ‘Tree and How to Grow Them’- a hardback book with colour illustrations and photographs – is also available at a special price of £10 (including postage and packing)

Both are available from The Tree Council, www.treecouncil.org.uk 

  1. About The Tree Council

Environmental charity The Tree Council, founded 40 years ago, is an umbrella body for over 170 organisations working together for trees – planting, caring for and enjoying them – and a forum for tackling issues relating to trees and woods.  It focuses on making trees matter to people; more trees, of the right kind, in the right places; better care for all trees of all ages and inspiring effective action for trees. It works with its national volunteer Tree Warden Scheme and member organisations to engage people in biodiversity and environmental issues and to promote planting and conservation of trees and woods in town and country.

A major part of this is achieved through its annual Community Action Programme (see below for dates) and through supporting groups organising local events. It also operates a tree-planting grants programme for UK schools and communities to plant trees and create woodland habitats, as well as working on an agenda for change that includes the Green Monument Campaign and Hedge Tree Campaign.


 4. 2015/2016 Community Action Programme
Seed Gathering Season Wednesday 23rd September to Friday 23rd October 2015


National Tree Week Saturday 28th November to Sunday 6th December 2015


Tree Care Campaign Monday 21st March 2016 to Wednesday 21st September 2016


 Walk in the Woods month Sunday 1st May 2016 to Tuesday 31st May 2016


Chalara- Ground Zero Field Trip (FREE to MTOA members) 30th July

Please come and join us for this informative and eye opening field trip, looking at the affects of Chalara where it was first spotted on our shores (Framlingham, Suffolk).

This event is free to MTOA members (but you will need to make your own way there and buy your own lunch!) and is coupled with an afternoon site visit to Staverton looking at the ancient trees (now confirmed). Our itinary for the day is- 08.45 meet at Pound Farm for an 09.00 start on the tour of the site. There should be plenty to see and discuss hence the early ish start. We anticipate we should finish around 12pm at Pound Farm which will give us time to do the appropriate biosecurity stuff before moving on to Staverton for lunch and then the tour of the site. Please see http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/4401/pound-farm/ for directions. Spaces are limited to a maximum of 30 so please show your interest as early as possible. We look forward to seeing you there. There is a group meeting down there the night at the local Inn (the Crown, Framingham – IP13 9AP) before so if you wish to join us prior to the day please let us know.

As of today (16th July) there are still spaces available for you to join us for this thoroughly informative day so please let us know you’re coming as soon as you can.