Member events

Please see below for a list of forthcoming member events. For public events, please use our Near You map. The Tree Council's members can advertise their events here for free, please email members@treecouncil.org.uk to place your event online.

2014 Events

October

Date: 1 October 2014
Name of event: Tree Pests, Diseases and Fungi
Organisation: Arboricultural Association
Location: Bridgwater, Somerset
Details: Presented by Guy Watson with Forestry Commission England Plant Health Team, this one-day workshop is designed to help contractors and others to improve their recognition and understanding of the insects and other vectors, diseases and other pathogens, fungi and other ecological features that naturally populate our trees and their environments. The workshop will include terminology, the principles of identification and diagnosis - symptoms, signs and indicators – which lead to accurate identification and an analysis of significance. It will also cover what to do when you are not able to identify specific organisms/ disorders, and where to get help and support.
As well as providing essential CPD for those who are regularly carrying out tree work pricing and offering general advice to clients on site and those who attended the Road Show event, the course will also be useful for anyone involved in any aspect of tree work.
The duration of the course is from 9:00 to 16:30 approximately. The cost of the day is £126 to members and £201.60 to non-members.
Further information: Please visit http://www.trees.org.uk/training-events/Training/Tree-Pests-Diseases-and-Fungi

Date:
15 October 2014
Name of event: Creating Resilient Landscapes - The Issue of Tree Health
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: Dynamic Earth, Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Details: Native and exotic tree species in Scotland, as elsewhere in the UK and abroad are currently experiencing challenges to their health and longevity.
Trees and woodlands provide key features and character in rural and urban landscapes in addition to providing important biodiversity and timber resources. This half day conference will focus on the current tree health situation in Scotland and elsewhere, and the issues and choices we need to consider to ensure the future of trees in the wider landscape and as a forestry resource, considering the various pathogen threats that now exist. 
We know the effects of Dutch Elm Disease which resulted in the extensive loss of elm tree species in many landscapes across the UK, is still evident nearly 40 years after the initial infections, with little sign of effective eradication of the disease. Today other diseases and pathogens, such ash dieback, oak wilt and larch disease amongst others, are now evident. This conference provides a timely opportunity to explore and discuss the possible ways forward in dealing with this significant issue for our landscapes in the future. 
This conference is the latest in the Landscape Futures series, which saw six lectures held in a variety of locations in England earlier this year. The series pinpoints issues the landscape profession needs to address and reaffirms its importance for the future. Some of the themes to have emerged so far include how best to educate the professionals of the future, planning for infrastructure, multi-functional landscapes, talking the right language and digital working. 
Further information: Please visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.co.uk/events/.

Date: 15 October 2014
Name of event:
Basic Tree Survey & Inspection
Organisation:
Arboricultural Association
Location:
Bristol
Details:
The course objectives are to enable its participants to: state the legal and safety implications of hazardous trees; maintain your own health and safety while carrying out Basic Tree Survey and Inspection; recognize hazardous trees; determine level of risk; decide on an appropriate course of action; collect and maintain adequate information; recognize your own limitations.
This one-day course aims to provide specific tree survey and inspection training at a basic level for contractors, highway engineers, tree wardens, grounds maintenance staff, rangers and other persons of a non-arboricultural background or with limited arboricultural knowledge, to allow them to identify obvious defects from ground level and then to report their finding to a line manager.
The duration of the course is from 9:00 to 16:30 approximately.
Please bring suitable footwear/clothing for outside inspections and indoor sessions.
The duration of the course is from 9:00 to 16:30 approximately.
The cost of the day is £126 to members and £201.60 to non-members.
Further information: Please visit http://www.trees.org.uk/training-events/Training/Basic-Tree-Survey-Inspection.

Date:
22 October 2014
Name of event: Looking after your Woodland
Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Location: TCV Scotland Office, The Granary, Mortonhall, 44 Mortonhall Gate, Edinburgh, EH16 6TJ
Details: This course will enable the trainees to tend their woodlands to a high standard so that the trees will grow to maximum value whether that be for timber, biodiversity or any combination of objectives. 
By the end of the course, trainees will be able to review the range of operations which keep woodland healthy and undertake a number of operations such as weeding, pruning and thinning.
Please wear warm outdoor clothing and good boots; bring a small notebook and working gloves.
No experience necessary.
This is a TCV Scotland certificated course.
Course fee is £ 55.00. Lunch will be provided.
Further information: Please visit contact the office using Scotland-Training@tcv.org.uk

Date: 27 October 2014
Name of event: Arboriculture and Bats - A Guide For Practitioners
Organisation: Bat Conservation Trust
Location: Richmond Park, Surrey
Details: This basic awareness course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and the Arboricultural Association, is aimed at arborists, and will help them to carry out tree works with consideration of the potential effects on bats and their habitats.
The course counts towards Arboricultural Association CPD requirements and participants will receive a Lantra awards attendance certificate. Please note this is a basic awareness course - it will not give arborists the knowledge or skills to carry out full bat surveys.   
Course fee is £165.00.
The day will start at 9:30 and finishes at 16:30.
Further information: Please visit http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/arboriculture_and_bats.html.



November

Date: 12 November 2014
Name of event:
Arboricultural Knowledge
Organisation:
Arboricultural Association
Location:
Seagrave, Leicestershire
Details:
The course objectives are to enable you to: describe the range of subject areas in modern arboriculture; explain the principles of tree identification, physiology and biomechanics; identify requirements for correct pruning practices; describe the range of tree decay fungi, pests and diseases; list legal requirements, including tree protection legislation; explain the environmental topics affecting arboriculture; follow up relevant topics through further training and other sources of information and advice.
The course is aimed at anyone working within the arboricultural industry that has not benefitted from formal, academic training, and suitable for those preparing for AA Approved Contractor status. Experience working within the arboricultural industry is desirable but new entrants will also benefit from this course as an introduction to the subject.
The duration of the course is from 9:00 to 16:30 approximately.
The cost of the day is £126 to members and £201.60 to non-members.
Further information:
Please visit http://www.trees.org.uk/training-events/Training/Arboricultural-Knowledge.

Date:
28 November 2014
Name of event: Winter Tree ID 
Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Location: TCV Scotland Office, The Granary, Mortonhall, 44 Mortonhall Gate, Edinburgh, EH16 6TJ
Details: Are you bamboozled by which tree is which, especially in the depths of winter when all the deciduous trees have lost their leaves ? This course will open your eyes and give you much more confidence that you know which tree you are looking at. We will be looking at twigs, buds, bark and tree form to come up with the correct species (most of the time!) We will look at a few evergreens, including common conifers, too. 
A good tree ID book, such as the Collins Guide to Trees. A small book is more useful than a comprehensive one. An A4 plain paper pad and a few pencils and pens. Warm clothes, as we will be standing about some of the time. Wellies or boots. Waterproofs (just in case). Packed lunch & warm drink.
No experience necessary.
This is a TCV Scotland certificated course.
Course fee is £ 55.00. Lunch will be provided.
Further information: Please visit contact the office using Scotland-Training@tcv.org.uk


December

Date: 2 December 2014
Name of event: Surveying Trees
Organisation: Bat Conservation Trust
Location: Richmond Park, Surrey
Details: This one day course aimed at consultants will allow participants to build on knowledge gained at other courses, and will provide an understanding of trees and the techniques needed to survey them effectively. The course will comprise some theoretical classroom sessions and a practical exercise.
Course Content Includes: Legislation in respect of trees and bat roosts; Use of trees by bats; Survey methodologies; H&S requirements for safe tree surveys; How to recognise signs of bat usage in trees; Evaluate of potential tree roosts; An initial tree survey for bat roosts and use of appropriate survey equipment. 
Prior knowledge: Please note that this is not a basic level course.  It is assumed that participants will have attended Bat Ecology and Conservation, Surveying for Bats and Interpreting Your Bat Surveys, or have the equivalent skills and knowledge. If you are unsure about whether this course is the appropriate level, please contact the training team.
A list of required equipment will be sent with the pre-course pack.
Booking required. Cost of £165 (with £5 discount to BAT members). Maximum 15 people.
Further information: Please visit http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/surveying_trees.html.

Date: 3 December 2014
Name of event:
Basic Tree Survey & Inspection
Organisation:
Arboricultural Association
Location:
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Details:
The course objectives are to enable its participants to: state the legal and safety implications of hazardous trees; maintain your own health and safety while carrying out Basic Tree Survey and Inspection; recognize hazardous trees; determine level of risk; decide on an appropriate course of action; collect and maintain adequate information; recognize your own limitations.
This one-day course aims to provide specific tree survey and inspection training at a basic level for contractors, highway engineers, tree wardens, grounds maintenance staff, rangers and other persons of a non-arboricultural background or with limited arboricultural knowledge, to allow them to identify obvious defects from ground level and then to report their finding to a line manager.
The duration of the course is from 9:00 to 16:30 approximately.
Please bring suitable footwear/clothing for outside inspections and indoor sessions.
The duration of the course is from 9:00 to 16:30 approximately.
The cost of the day is £126 to members and £201.60 to non-members.
Further information:
Please visit http://www.trees.org.uk/training-events/Training/Basic-Tree-Survey-Inspection.