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Top Foresters visit The National Forest

Friday, 26th September 2008

Leading foresters from throughout the UK will visit The National Forest next month.

The prestigious Institute of Chartered Foresters is bringing its 2008 National Study Tour to the Forest, from 15 – 17 October.  The group will visit the National Memorial Arboretum, Swadlincote Woodlands and Calke Abbey:  three very different locations which demonstrate contrasting approaches to the contribution trees and woodlands can make to the landscape and to people’s lives.

The theme of the study Tour is ‘Greenproofing Landscapes: People, Trees, Places’.  Sessions will be led by visiting experts including:  Hugh Angus, Head of Tree Collections, National Arboretum (on creating an arboretum); Dr Roland Ennos, Manchester University School of Life Science (on urban greenproofing to help climate change) and Ray Hawes MICFor, Head of Forestry for The National Trust (on veteran tree management).

The Study Tour will also look at issues such as public opinion, environmental responsibility, tree safety and litigation.  It is sponsored by the Forestry Commission England, industry magazine Forestry Journal, and Chris Wait & Associates.

Chris Wait, proprietor of the Shropshire based forestry company which works extensively in The National Forest, said: "I am pleased to be able to support 'Greenproofing Landscapes' as my work with the National Forest Company frequently highlights these important issues which as chartered foresters we have to consider in our day to day work." 

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive for the National Forest Company, said:  “The National Forest is a changing landscape and still a forest in the making. But it has much to demonstrate to foresters and to anyone passionate about creating beautiful places.  There is no ‘silver bullet’ for addressing climate change. But we know that the right trees in the right places, well cared for, and integrated with other green space, can make landscapes more resilient to the changes that will occur.  We are delighted to welcome ICF and other national experts to The National Forest.”

Shireen Chambers, Executive Director for the Institute of Chartered Foresters added: “The public looks to chartered professionals such as foresters and arboriculturists for the expertise in managing trees whether that be in our towns and cities or in the countryside around the UK. We have to ensure that we, as land managers, ensure that the trees we plant are fit for purpose, provide value and are here to stay. We need to make certain that changes in climate, public attitudes and safety, housing and food demands are taken into account when we create new green spaces. So the subject of ‘greenproofing’ our landscapes is hugely important and why this ICF Study Tour is well supported.”