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.

2015 Events

March

Date:
3 March 2015
Name of event: Woodland Management
Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Location: Edinburgh
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 bring warm outdoor clothing and good boots, a small notebook and working gloves.
No experience necessary.
This is a TCV Scotland certificated course.
Course fee is £ 55.00 per person.
Further information: Please visit the website.

Date: 4 March 2015
Name of event: Developing the UK rail network - HS2, regeneration, and the future of franchising
Organisation: Institute of Chartered Foresters
Location: Central London
Details: This conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to assess the future of the rail network including:
   - Major Infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Crossrail;
   - The future of franchising;
   - Passenger fares;
   - Trans-Pennine HS3 route and the Government's potential sale of shares in Eurostar;
This seminar chaired by Graham Evans MP, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail and Kelvin Hopkins MP, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties.
Further information: For a draft agenda and to book your place, please visit the website

Date: 23 March 2015
Name of event: Young Trees - Achieving Longevity in the Landscape
Organisation: The Counsulting Arborist Society
Location: Barcham Trees, Ely, Cambrigshire
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.
Three reasons all CAS members should complete this new course:
   - Win More Work - Assure your clients’ of best practice and specification to industry standards;
   - Client Retention - Avoid breaking contracts and disappointing clients with poor trees;
   - Confidence - Be capable of justifying your recommendations in on-the-spot situations.
This course is LANTRA endorsed. Cost is £250+vat for CAS Members.
Further information: For more information and to book your place, please visit the website.



April

Date: 22 and 23 April 2015
Name of event: ICF National Conference 2015: Tree Health, Resilience & Sustainability
Organisation: Institute of Chartered Foresters
Location: Cardiff
Details: Tree health will be at the heart of our profession this year as we step up the battle against pests and diseases. At this year's ICF National Conference we will explore the challenges currently facing the UK's forestry and arboricultural professionals, both now and on the horizon, and we will look at what fundamental changes we will need to make to tackle these issues head on.
Presentations will address topics like global plant health arrangements, the work of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce, learning from agricultural plant health problems and overseas experiences, and the role of technological solutions.
Further information: For the programme highlights and to book your place, please visit the website



May

Date: 16 May 2015
Name of the event: SRT Awareness Workshop
Organisation: The Arboricultural Association (South East Branch)
Location: RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
Details: Following coffee and tea on arrival at 9.00am there will be a theory session to explain:
 - What is Single Rope Technique (SRT)?
 - Risk Assessment for access options – don’t discount ladders;
 - Understand the development of SRT and key legislation relating to SRT including Work at Height Regs;
 - Introduce the key terms & concepts associated with SRT;
 - Select equipment for SRT systems and explore a range of SRT systems, Frog, Texas, RAD;
 - Set anchor points, including lowerable systems;
 - Discuss the range of reference sources, courses & further information on SRT.
A practical session with demonstrations will follow in the afternoon.
Lunch is not provided so delegates will need to bring a packed lunch, or food can be purchased from the range of outlets on site. Refreshments (tea & coffee) will be provided during the day. 
Cost of the day is £40.00 per person including VAT (@20%). Places are limited to 30.  
Further information: Please visit the website.



August

Date: 31 August 2015
Name of event: Wood Fair
Organisation: The National Forest
Location: Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire
Details: The Wood Fair is the National Forest's annual celebration of timber, trees and woodcrafts, an action-packed day with lumberjacks, chainsaw carvers, wood mizers and horseloggers.
You can have a go at eco art, cheer on the log to leg race, hitch a ride on a tree lift and hear stories from the Wild Man of the Woods. There’s loads of fun for the kids!
Further information: Please visit the website.



September

Date:
11 to 13 September 2015
Name of event: 2015 National Bat Conference
Organisation: Bat Conservation Trust
Location: University of Warwick
Details: The Bat Conservation Trust invites you to join us for the biggest event in the bat calendar! The National Bat Conference will take place at the University of  Warwick, 11th to 13th September 2015, and we would love to see you there. 
A draft programme will be available here shortly.
Further information: For more information and to book your place, please visit the website



October

Date:
17 October 2015
Name of event: Visual Tree Assessment Workshop for Arborists
Organisation: The Arboricultural Association
Location: Southampton, Hampshire
Details: This popular workshop provides a excellent introduction to the art of visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills; learning from a legendary arboriculturist, within one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.  
The morning lecture will concentrate on:
   - The tree as a system and self optimised structure;
   - The principles of VTA;
   - Decay fungi;
   - Mechanical symptoms;
   - Inspection equipment;
   - Making recommendations.
The afternoon session will consist of a VTA tree walk led by Jack Kenyon though Exbury Gardens, followed by a summing up back in the training room.
The cost of the event is £50.00 including VAT (@20%) per person.
Places at this popular event are limited to 30.
Lunch is not provided so delegates will need to bring a packed lunch. Refreshments (tea & coffee) will be provided during the day.
Further information: To book your place, please visit the website.