Members' 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

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: 14 November 2014
Name of event: Woodland Communication Day
Organisation: ConFor
Location: Horringer Community Centre, Suffolk
Details: The programme and booking details for the 2014 Woodland Communication Day are here.
As usual, there are a good range of topics and top class speakers, the day is also useful as it gives you the chance to receive various updates and contribute to the Q&A sessions.
Last year there was an attendance of nearly 150 people and many people say they found the opportunity to network very useful.
Booking is essential. Please email Gary Battell - gary.battell@suffolk.gov.uk
Further information: Please read the electronic flyer

Date: 15 November 2014
Name of event: Sussex BKA Annual Convention
Organisation: The British Beekeepers Association
Location: Uckfield Civic Centre, East Sussex 
Details: Annual Convention at Uckfield Civic Centre.
Speakers include: John Hamer, David Rudland, Christine Stevens, Rob Case Green. 
The event will commence at 9:30am and will finish at around 4:30pm. The cost of attending the convention is £25 which includes a Buffet Lunch.
Further information: Please visit the website

Date: 21 November 2014
Name of event: GLVIA Training Session
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: Birmingham
Details: Training to introduce the third edition of the LI/IEMA Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. The session shall be led by Professor Carys Swanwick and Mary O’Connor CMLI.
By the end of the course participants will:
 - Understand more about the changing context for landscape and visual impact assessment which has influenced the new guidance;
 - Have gained an overview of the main changes in the new guidance;
 - Have gained some understanding of the approach to key topics, notably assessing the significance of effects and cumulative effects assessment;
 - Have explored, through a group exercise, the implications of some of the changes for current and future practice;
 - Have had the opportunity to ask questions of those involved in preparing the new guidance and to share ideas and thoughts with other practitioners.
Further information: Please visit Landscape Institute's website

Date: 27 November 2014
Name of event: 2014 Landscape Institute Awards Ceremony
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: Bloomsbury Big Top, London
Details: The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.
The LI Awards aim to: promote the art and science of landscape architecture; advance the knowledge and understanding of the discipline; celebrate professional expertise; reward schemes that demonstrate a high level of commitment to sustainability; this year's shortlist will be announced at the start of October and the winners announced at the November Awards Ceremony.
The event commences at 11:30 am with a drinks reception, followed by lunch and the presentation of awards and is due to finish at 4 pm.
Further information: For more information and to reserve your place, visit the Awards page.  

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

Date: 4 and 5 December 2014
Name of event: Tree Issues for Horticultural Professionals
Organisation: Royal Horticultural Society
Location: RHS Garden Wisley
Details: A two day event on trees for those who work professionally in amenity horticulture including head gardeners, arborists, garden designers and contractors involved in garden maintenance. 
Topics covered will include new pests and diseases, tree selection, buying and planting trees BS8545, designing with trees, the built environment and trees, trees and the law.
Admissions are £75.00 per day or £130.00 for two days (discount only applies if booking in a single transaction). Includes tea, coffee and light lunch.
Attendees over the two days need to make their own arrangements for overnight accommodation for the night of 04/12/2014. 
Further information: Please contact RHS on 0845 612 1253. 

Date: 5 December 2014
Name of event: GLVIA Training Session
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: Edinburgh
Details: Training to introduce the third edition of the LI/IEMA Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. The session shall be led by Professor Carys Swanwick and Mary O’Connor CMLI.
By the end of the course participants will:
- Understand more about the changing context for landscape and visual impact assessment which has influenced the new guidance;
- Have gained an overview of the main changes in the new guidance;
- Have gained some understanding of the approach to key topics, notably assessing the significance of effects and cumulative effects assessment
- Have explored, through a group exercise, the implications of some of the changes for current and future practice;
- Have had the opportunity to ask questions of those involved in preparing the new guidance and to share ideas and thoughts with other practitioners.
Further information: Please visit Landscape Institute's website.

Date: 08 December 2014
Name of event: Integrating Outdoor Learning Opportunities Within the Curriculum for Excellence
Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Location: TCV Scotland, Edinburgh
Details: Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is an educational structure which supports young people as they learn and develop its four main strands: successful learners,confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
As Curriculum For Excellence (CfE) continues to shape the learning experience of young people aged 3-18, TCV Scotland has developed a new workshop called The Natural Curriculum. This workshop is designed to help individuals to understand and use the CfE approach in planning, delivering and evaluating their outdoor programmes for children and young people. 
The workshop will include a brief overview of the Curriculum for Excellence and the 8 Curriculum Areas, and present a range of ideas which demonstrate how your work with schools/youth/outdoor learning may be integrated.
Course fee: £ 55.00. Lunch is included.
Further information: Please visit TCV's website

Date: 

8, 9 and 10 December 2014

Name of event: Young Trees: Achieving Longevity
Organisation: The Consulting Arborist Society
Location: Barcham Trees, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Details: This new CAS course offers delegates an increased understanding of selecting, specifying, planting and maintaining young trees in the landscape, delivered by Keith Sacre, chair of the BS:8545 Committee.
The new course will examine in full the whole process of successfully transplanting young trees into the landscape including:
- Site evaluation and constraints assessment;
- The selection of appropriate tree species;
- Nursery production methods and the specification of nursery trees;
- Tree planting and subsequent maintenance.
Cost: CAS Members £350 +vat; Non-members £400 +vat.
Contact Mark Chester on mark@consultingarboristsociety.com to book your place.
Further information: Please visit the website

Date: 10 December 2014
Name of event: Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture
Organisation: Arboricultural Association
Location: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Details: Course Objectives are to enable course members to: State the role and responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW); Understand the concept of Hazard and Risk Assessment; Analyse work operations, identify hazards and risks and evaluate the need for a formal risk assessment; Demonstrate an ability to complete generic and pro-forma risk assessment sheets; Understand the need for revision and maintenance of existing assessments.
This course is for anyone who is required to manage or supervise arboricultural work operations and for operators required to comply with provided risk assessments.
It's a one day workshop, classroom based. Course duration from 09.00 to 16.00 approximately. 
Course fees: Non-members £201.60; Members £126.00.
Further information: Please visit the Arboricultural Association's website

Date: 17 December 2014
Name of event: Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture
Organisation: Arboricultural Association
Location: Myerscough College, Preston
Details: Course Objectives are to enable course members to: State the role and responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW); Understand the concept of Hazard and Risk Assessment; Analyse work operations, identify hazards and risks and evaluate the need for a formal risk assessment; Demonstrate an ability to complete generic and pro-forma risk assessment sheets; Understand the need for revision and maintenance of existing assessments.
This course is for anyone who is required to manage or supervise arboricultural work operations and for operators required to comply with provided risk assessments.
It's a one day workshop, classroom based. Course duration from 09.00 to 16.00 approximately. 
Course fees: Non-members £201.60; Members £126.00.
Further information: Please visit the Arboricultural Association's website


2015 Events

January

Date: 27 January 2015
Name of event: GLVIA Training Session
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: Manchester
Details: Training to introduce the third edition of the LI/IEMA Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. The session shall be led by Professor Carys Swanwick and Mary O’Connor CMLI.
By the end of the course participants will:
 - Understand more about the changing context for landscape and visual impact assessment which has influenced the new guidance;
 - Have gained an overview of the main changes in the new guidance;
 - Have gained some understanding of the approach to key topics, notably assessing the significance of effects and cumulative effects assessment;
 - Have explored, through a group exercise, the implications of some of the changes for current and future practice;
 - Have had the opportunity to ask questions of those involved in preparing the new guidance and to share ideas and thoughts with other practitioners.
Further information: Please visit Landscape Institute's website


February

Date: 25 February 2015
Name of event: GLVIA Training Session
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: London
Details: Training to introduce the third edition of the LI/IEMA Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. The session shall be led by Professor Carys Swanwick and Mary O’Connor CMLI.
By the end of the course participants will:
 - Understand more about the changing context for landscape and visual impact assessment which has influenced the new guidance;
 - Have gained an overview of the main changes in the new guidance;
 - Have gained some understanding of the approach to key topics, notably assessing the significance of effects and cumulative effects assessment;
 - Have explored, through a group exercise, the implications of some of the changes for current and future practice;
 - Have had the opportunity to ask questions of those involved in preparing the new guidance and to share ideas and thoughts with other practitioners.
Further information: Please visit Landscape Institute's website