ICF tour examines climate change and role of trees

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is holding its national study tour this week.

Greenproofing Landscapes: People, Trees and Places will explore issues including climate change and the role of trees; the creation of urban woodlands; and green space and trees in planning.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters' (ICF) study tour kicks off today (15 October) with an introduction to the National Forest.

The three-day event is based at The Royal Hotel, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

Wednesday 15 October

  • Introduction to The National Forest from Chief Executive Sophie Churchill
  • A look at the "Trees in Towns II" report from co-author Dr Mark Johnston
  • Presentation on ‘Creating and Managing an Arboretum' from The National Arboreta Head of Tree Collections Hugh Angus

Thursday 16 October

National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) visit, including a walking tour led by curator Paul Kennedy MICFor.

  • National Forest chief officer for land use Simon Evans will outline green infrastructure in the area before delegates depart for Swadlincote Woodlands to see the results of creating woodland with an urban setting.
  • Dr Roland Ennos, University of Manchester Faculty of Life Science, will also look at climate proofing towns with trees.
  • Strategic Greenspace Consultant Nerys Jones will discuss how greenspace and greening are key elements of planning.

 Friday 17 October 

  • Visit to The National Trust's Calke Abbey estate where Ray Hawes MICFor, Head of Forestry for The National Trust, will look at how a setting with so many veteran trees is managed and the highly topical tree safety/liability debate.
  • Joining Ray are Neville Fay, Chair of the Ancient Tree Forum, and Jonathan Terry MICFor, Director of Sylvan Resources.

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