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 (

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

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

Press Enquiries:

 Hester McQueen

Marketing & Communications Officer Institute of Chartered Foresters 59 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2JG Email:

Tel: +44 (0)131 240 1425

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