Members Events


Please see below for a list of forthcoming member events. For public events, please use our Community Events map. Tree Council members can advertise their events here for free, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to place your event online.

 

2014 Events


April

Date: 2 April 2014
Name of event: Nature Play for Early Years
Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Location: Skelton Grange Environment Centre
Details: Outdoor play is a statutory requirement in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this. We start off by looking at the benefits of nature play, how to manage risk, the difference between good risk and bad risk, and how to enhance opportunities for Nature Play in your own school grounds, and then run through loads of ideas for activities and games that will enable you to confidently encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment.

£100 per person + VAT. Please click here to make a booking.

Further information: Please visit http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/training.

Date: 2 and 3 April 2014
Name of event: 'Trees, People and the Built Environment II' Conference
Organisation: Institute of Chartered Foresters
Location: Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham
Details: Following the success of last year’s ”Trees, People and the Built Environment”, which the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) hosted on behalf of a twenty-strong organisation partnership, the ICF has announced its appointment of Dr Mark Johnston to chair another urban tree research conference in 2014.

Dr Johnston said: 'Building the partnership of relevant professional organisations that participated in the 2011 conference was a remarkable achievement. I will be approaching those organisations again and asking for their help in delivering an even better conference in April 2014. As we try to promote sustainable urban environments in increasingly challenging times, the importance of urban trees, urban forests and green infrastructure can only increase'.

With the government now focused on the role for trees and greenspaces, and the topic high on its agenda, 2014 will be timely for ICF to host another urban tree research conference to look at what progress is being made. Once again, the very latest research will be ”showcased” by leading research scientists and expert practitioners from around the world.

Further information: Please contact Allison Lock on 0131 240 1425 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Date: 8 April 2014
Name of event: Landscape Futures - What does the future of landscape architecture look like?
Organisation: Landscape Institute
Location: Landscape Institute, London
Details: The Landscape Futures lecture series aims to stimulate debate about the future of the landscape and explore the major themes affecting how our land is used and managed, and how that use will affect the prosperity and quality of life of all citizens.
Tom Armour (Arup Landscape Team); Sue Illman (CMLI, LI President).
What are the key trends that are shaping the future of landscape architecture and how will they affect the processes, collaborations and designs that practices will need to employ? Our closing lecture will use research into the built environment and social change to look at the future role of landscape architecture in society.

Further information: If you would like to be added to the guest list, please contact Sabina Mohideen: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it g.

Date: 9 April 2014
Name of event: Environmental Games and Activities
Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Location: Skelton Grange Environment Centre
Details: The natural environment is superb, and this practical course will give you lots of innovative ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children about the natural world, and will also support delivery of the national curriculum. The activities, suitable for 3-11 year olds link to loads of curriculum areas, make use of simple and easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 20 years! At the end of the day you’ll have made your own back pocket games book, ready to take your teaching outside.

£100 per person + VAT. Please click here to make a booking.

Further information: Please visit http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/training.

Date: 12 April 2014
Name of event: SRT Awareness Workshop
Organisation: The Arboricultural Association - South East Branch
Location: Wakehurst Place, Sussex
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
  • Practice techniques – (depending on numbers this may be limited to a few participants)
  • Discuss the range of reference sources, courses & further information on SRT.

This will be followed by practical demonstrations in the afternoon. Refreshments (tea & coffee) will be provided during the day although all attending will need to bring their own lunch.
The cost of the day is £40.00 per person including VAT (@20%).  
Places are limited to 30 (with no more than 3 people per company).

Further information: Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/srt-awareness-workshop-tickets-10793970055?aff=mcivte to book your place.

 

May

Date: 01 May 2014
Name of event: Woodland Management Course
Organisation: People's Trust for Endangered Species
Location: Briddlesford Woods, Wootton Bridge
Details: We will consider H & S in a woodland environment and look at a range of hand tools that can be used to undertake woodland management. We will then look at a variety of woodland management practices that we employ in the woodland, these will include: ride management; coppice management (including cutting, layering and productivity); establishing new plantings; managing high forest; hedging; site access; veteran tree and deadwood;
Finally we will also consider how woodland work may be achieved either by individual, contractor or volunteer.
This is a one day course, running from 9am to 4pm on Thursday at Briddlesford Woods on the Isle of Wight, with tea and meal breaks as appropriate. Travel, food and accommodation (if necessary) are not included in the course fees.
Admission is £75 per person. There are only 12 places available so early booking is advised.

Further information: To book your place please visit http://wildlifewatching.org/.

Date: 2 and 3 May 2014
Name of event: CAS Technical Seminars
Organisation: The Consulting Arborist Society
Location: Capel Manor
Details: The Consulting Arborist Society, in association with the ISA UK & Ireland Chapter, are hosting two days of technical seminars at Capel Manor on 2nd and 3rd of May 2014.

Admission fees start at £50 + VAT for CAS members and £75 + VAT for Non-members.
To book your place please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Further information: Please visit http://tree-expert-finder.co.uk/magazine/articles/articles.php?s=cas-technical-seminars.

Date: 12 May 2014
Name of event: Identification of Key Woodland Species
Organisation: People's Trust for Endangered Species
Location: Briddlesford Woods, Wootton Bridge
Details: There has been increase in the interest in woodland management in recent years and gradually more practical management is being undertaken in our woodlands. Historically woods were managed by hand for a product and biodiversity benefited as a consequence. Now woodlands are more likely to be managed for amenity value or for conservation interest and it is important that we have a means whereby the management that is undertaken can be shown to be achieving its objectives.
At the end of this course you will be able to: understand and use a variety of ID Keys; identify important woodland animal orders and species; identify key plant families; identify key woodland plant species.
This is a two day course, running from 9am to 9pm on Monday 12th May and 8am to 4pm on Tuesday 13th with tea and meal breaks as appropriate. Travel, food and accommodation are not included in the course fees.
If you require information on possible travel arrangement to the Isle of Wight and local bed & breakfast for the night please contact us for details.
Admission is £150 per person. There are only 12 places available so early booking is advised.

Further information: To book your place please visit http://wildlifewatching.org/.

Date: 14 May 2014
Name of event: Monitoring Key Woodland Species
Organisation: People's Trust for Endangered Species
Location: Briddlesford Woods, Wootton Bridge
Details: There has been increase in the interest in woodland management in recent years and gradually more practical management is being undertaken in our woodlands. Historically woods were managed by hand for a product and biodiversity benefitted as a consequence. Now woodlands are more likely to be managed for amenity value or for conservation interest and it is important that we have a means whereby the management that is undertaken can be shown to be achieving its objectives.
At the end of this course you will be able to: appreciate the requirement for and scientific validity of an ecological survey; develop an understanding of a variety of ecological survey techniques; design and implement an appropriate monitoring programme.
This is a two day course, running from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday 14th May and 8am to 4pm on Thursday 15th with tea and meal breaks as appropriate. Travel, food and accommodation are not included in the course fees.
If you require information on possible travel arrangement to the Isle of Wight and local bed & breakfast for the night please contact us for details.
Admission is £150 per person. There are only 12 places available so early booking is advised.

Further information: To book your place please visit http://wildlifewatching.org/.

Date: 29 May 2014
Name of event: Building on Success: The future of forestry and timber in Scotland
Organisation: ConFor
Location: The Scottish National Galleries
Details: Forestry is a Scottish success story, employing 40,000 people and adding £1.7 billion in value to the economy annually but there is still opportunity to develop this sector further.
The conference will hear from experts including: Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, and Dr Andrew Cameron, Senior Lecturer and forestry expert, University of Aberdeen.

Key questions include:

  • How do we increase commercial planting to maximise economic benefit?
  • How do we encourage and maximise innovation within the industry?
  • Can forestry have the biggest impact on Scotland's carbon targets?

The event will conclude with a debate on forestry's future involving all four main political parties.

Further information: Admissions are £88 + VAT (20% early bird discount until 9th April 2014). To book call 0131 620 8212 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

June

Date: 02 June 2014
Name of event: Monitoring Key Woodland Species
Organisation: People's Trust for Endangered Species
Location: Briddlesford Woods, Wootton Bridge
Details: There has been increase in the interest in woodland management in recent years and gradually more practical management is being undertaken in our woodlands. Historically woods were managed by hand for a product and biodiversity benefitted as a consequence. Now woodlands are more likely to be managed for amenity value or for conservation interest and it is important that we have a means whereby the management that is undertaken can be shown to be achieving its objectives.
At the end of this course you will be able to: appreciate the requirement for and scientific validity of an ecological survey; develop an understanding of a variety of ecological survey techniques; design and implement an appropriate monitoring programme.
This is a two day course, running from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday 14th May and 8am to 4pm on Thursday 15th with tea and meal breaks as appropriate. Travel, food and accommodation are not included in the course fees.
If you require information on possible travel arrangement to the Isle of Wight and local bed & breakfast for the night please contact us for details.
Admission is £150 per person. There are only 12 places available so early booking is advised.

Further information: To book your place please visit http://wildlifewatching.org/.

Date: 4 June 2014
Name of event: Urban Forest Resilience Conference
Organisation: Forestry Commission
Location: Kew Gardens
Details: Nowhere are tree populations under more pressure than in urban areas. For example, the urban forest has to cope with the urban heat island effect; challenging environments for establishment and increased entry points for pest & disease introduction… but with 80% of the population living in urban areas, the urban forest provides vital services to society, the environment and the economy.
This conference looks to build upon some of the messages from the “Tackling the threat to London’s trees” conference in January 2013. It aims to draw together research and expertise that will help decision makers and practitioners develop a more resilient urban forest for the future.
Whilst the conference will look at a range of aspects of resilience, Kew Gardens offers a unique opportunity to look in more detail at alternative species.

Further information: The conference is free of charge. Places will be limited and filled on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Details of how to book will be provided shortly.

Date: 04 June 2014
Name of event: Management planning and funding
Organisation: People's Trust for Endangered Species
Location: Briddlesford Woods, Wootton Bridge
Details: Management planning is an important part of looking after a woodland and is usually an vital document if you wish to seek external funding. We will consider the components and structure of a plan and investigate a range of templates. We also look at how the output from monitoring programmes can influence the management plan and how it might develop over time. Finally we will consider funding streams to enable to plan to be implemented and the practicalities of getting the work done.
At the end of this course you will be able to: develop an understanding of what a site management plan should contain and how it develops over time; consider practical ways that monitoring results can input into practical woodland management; consider the practical implementation of a site management plan; identify grant funding available for woodland management; consider how your woodland may become self sustainable.
This is a two day course, running from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday 4th June and 8am to 4pm on Thursday 5th with tea and meal breaks as appropriate. Travel, food and accommodation are not included in the course fees.
If you require information on possible travel arrangement to the Isle of Wight and local bed & breakfast for the night please contact us for details.
Admission is £150 per person. There are only 12 places available so early booking is advised.

Further information: To book your place please visit http://wildlifewatching.org/.

Date: 8 June 2014
Name of event: Chalara Ash dieback workshop
Organisation: Future Trees Trust
Location: Lawshall Village Hall, Suffolk
Details: This free workshop will bring together managers of ash research sites, concerned land-owners and managers of woodlands experiencing or threatened by Chalara ash dieback. The aim is to share information and experience and to renew partnerships in ash genetics and tree improvement research.

Speakers at the workshop will be:

  • Dr Jo Clark – The Future Trees Trust ash improvement programme and the Living Ash Project.
  • Ted Wilson – The biology of Chalara fraxinea, identification and reporting of infected ash trees.
  • Dr Ian Bancroft –The genomics of ash and current research on markers for disease resistance
  • Dr Gabriel Hemery – Getting people involved! The AshTag citizen science project.
  • Ted Wilson - Silviculture and management of ash – best practice advice for woodland managers.

After lunch, we will visit two local woodlands to see Chalara ash dieback – Frithy Wood, a mature woodland and Golden Wood, a young woodland where ash dieback was first reported in Suffolk.

Further information: Numbers are limited, so to reserve your place at this important event, contact Tim Rowland on 01453 884264 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Date: 12 June 2014
Name of event: Forest School – fuel foraging, fire starting and whittling
Organisation: Cotswold Tree Warden Group
Location: Clayhill Copse, Wiltshire
Details: The evening will be led by the Forest School Leader,  John-Charles Kimberley. £2 per person to be donated to The Forest School.Meet 6.45p.m. for a 7p.m. start.
The Forest School is at Clayhill Copse, Spine Road East, Ashton Keynes.  It does not have a postcode, but the map ref. is SU051952.

Further information: Please visit http://cotswoldtreewardengroup.wordpress.com/forthcoming-events/.

 

July

Date: 1 July 2014
Name of event: Stop Press!
Organisation: The Consulting Arborist Society
Location: Edinburgh Botanical Gardens
Details: The Consulting Arborist Society is delighted to announce that Dr. David Lonsdale and Jeremy Barrell have agreed to host the second 'Expert's Question Time' following the success of this event in June 2013. More details will follow soon.

Further information: To register your interest, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Date: 1 July 2014
Name of event: Staying Safe, Staying Legal - Experts Question Time II
Organisation: The Consulting Arborist Society
Location: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Details: This seminar explains what the law expects of you as a manager of trees.  It explains what is proportionate and how to know when you’ve done enough.
How? Two leading industry experts guide you on how to apply proportionate response with effective use of resources in order to meet health and safety obligations in a manner that is defendable.
Who are these ‘experts’? Jeremy Barell and Dr David Lonsdale.
Who is it for? Anybody who works with trees in the public environment will benefit from this seminar. The content is ideal for those involved in estate management, amenity tree inspection, local authority tree officers and those conducting tree safety and risk assessments. The seminar is equally suited to those from a non-arboricultural background, such as land agents, housing association staff, public sector managers responsible for trees, risk assessment managers and legal professionals.

Prices are: £60 + VAT for CAS/ISA/AA/ICF members; £75 + VAT for non-members. There are also 25 student places for £30 + VAT.

Further information:
To book your place or for more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Date: 26 July 2014
Name of event: Conference at Condicote Village Hall
Organisation: Cotswold Tree Warden Group
Location: Condicote Village Hall
Details: An entire day event based at Condicote Village Hall to include a talk on Conifer Identification by Guy Watson; Jon Stokes Director of Rural Programmes at the Tree Council will speak on Planning a New Landscape – the impact of pests and diseases on our trees for the future; Stuart Priest, Director of Operations at Batsford Arboretum will talk about Batsford Arboretum – the Past, Present and Future. There will be an afternoon visit to Batsford Arboretum.

Admission is £15 per person to include refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Further information: Please visit http://cotswoldtreewardengroup.wordpress.com/forthcoming-events/.

 

September

Date: 11 September 2014
Name of event: Outdoor evening on Tree Health
Organisation: Cotswold Tree Warden Group
Location: Sapperton Village Hall
Details: An outdoor evening on Tree Health with Ben Holding at Sapperton. We will meet at a woodland roadside venue in the Sapperton area – attendees will be notified of the site before the event. Afterwards we will relocate to Sapperton Village Hall for a round-up on the evening and light refreshments. £2 per person contribution.

Further information: Please visit http://cotswoldtreewardengroup.wordpress.com/forthcoming-events/.