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North England Regional Group: Tree Establishment in the Urban Forest
Online Event

Beyond the Targets – Getting Tree Planting Right

Planting trees is easy, but we need the trees to survive.

This Institute of Chartered Foresters North England Region online conference will present the latest scientific research on best practice and advice on the best tree-establishment techniques, community involvement and planning policy. The line up of arboricultural experts will provide inspiring advice and guidance on ways to grow our urban forest.

This is an online conference and it will take place on Zoom. This digital format is a great way for all participants to engage with what promises to be an informative event with ample opportunities to ask speakers questions and network with fellow professionals in forestry and arboriculture, but also within the wider landscape industry.

Who should attend?

The online conference is aimed at arboriculturists, urban foresters, local authority planning officers and landscape architects and aims to promote best practice throughout the country.

Conference Chair

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor – Vice President, Institute of Chartered Foresters

Sharon is a Chartered Arboriculturist in private practice, with experience in local government and contracting. Her specialisms are trees in relation to planning and construction, tree hazard management and tree radar. She brings to the Institute a passion for promoting careers in arboriculture and forestry, spreading the word about trees in general, and improving the well-being of our society through improved environments.


  • Tony Kirkham MBE – Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
    Tony began his career as a forestry apprentice with Tilhill Forestry Nurseries. After spending time working in Hamburg learning about tree management within urban and park environments, he moved to Kew to study the renowned Diploma in Horticulture. As Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services, Tony and his team manage over 14,000 trees. In recognition of his invaluable contribution to horticulture in a career spanning over 40 years, Tony was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2020.
  • Dr Duncan Slater MICFor
    Based on scientific work carried out at Myerscough College, Lancashire, Dr Duncan Slater will present research-based advice on the establishment of trees in urban locations, including a novel means of soil assessment, the benefits of suspended pavement schemes, research into the best tree support systems and how knowledge of natural bracing applies to establishing trees.
  • Dr Glynn Percival
    Glynn will discuss how to increase survival and establishment rates of newly planted trees. Areas to be covered include the correct identification of soil conditions prior to planting and the importance of soil analysis, compaction and identification of soil contaminants.nCorrect planting techniques will be emphasised and the impact of incorrect practices such as deep planting shown. Techniques to measure tree health at the time of planting (chlorophyll fluorescence, electrolyte leakage, starch analysis) will also be explained. The effectiveness of a range of post-planting soil amendments to enhance transplant survival rates such as mycorrhiza, sugars, biostimulants, fertilisation, mulches, etc., based on results from independent research institutes will be highlighted.
  • Jeremy Barrell FRICS FICFor
    Jeremy has spent his career caring for trees and promoting a pragmatic approach to their retention within the built environment. He has a passion for writing and regularly presents talks and workshops to other professionals and enthusiasts around the world.
  • Catherine Nuttgens - Community Forestry Manager for Sheffield City Council
    Catherine will outline the role of Community Foresters and her current projects.

Further Information

For further information about this event, please contact the Institute's Education & Outreach Officer, Dr Rob Hawkins.

Tickets must be booked in advance by no later than 6th July. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Online bookings are confirmed automatically by email. Information including instructions for joining the webinar via Zoom will be sent on Tuesday 7th July to the email address provided at booking.

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