ICF seeks Deputy Director

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is seeking an experienced senior forestry or arboricultural professional to join its team. The new role comes at an exciting point in the ICF’s history as it feels that the time is right to provide greater support closer to members in south England and Wales, and provide policy advice to decision makers in a devolved UK.

London's canopy is counted

21.87% of London is covered by trees according to new figures from the London Tree Officers' Association. The Association have estimated that London is 7.37% woodland, whilst 14.5% of the capital is under the canopy of single trees or small groups.

New advice on tree safety

Three new publications have been produced by the Forestry Commission for the National Tree Safety Group. They provide guidance on trees and public safety in the UK for owners, managers and advisers.

New disease hits London Planes

A worrying disease that attacks the capital’s most iconic tree has been confirmed in London. The disease, Massaria (Splanchnonema platani), was previously found only in Germany and Holland but has now been discovered in the UK.

PhD for Dr John Flannigan

Dr John Flannigan has been awarded a PhD by Birmingham City University for his research into residents' attitudes towards street trees.

New British Standard for tree work

Last month saw the publication of the long awaited refresh of BS3998, the British Standard dealing with tree work.

TrustMark for arboriculture


Courts clarify woodland TPOs

The High Court has clarified what is protected within a woodland Tree Preservation Order, ruling that all trees within a woodland, irrespective of age or size, are protected.

Tree strategy delivery plan launched

The Forestry Commission and Natural England have launched the delivery plan for the England Trees, Woods and Forests strategy.

New urban tree guidance

A multi-disciplinary group of individual professionals and organisations from both the private and public sectors have come together to produce new guidance aimed at getting more trees into our cities.

Study finds greenery is good for you

A new study has found that there is less inequality in health between people on different incomes if they live in areas with a good supply of green space.

New consultancy for the South West

A new arboricultural consultancy has been lauched in Devon, bringing together some of most experienced consultants in the region in an independant, customer focused practice.

Changes to TPO rules

From 1 October 2008 new rules come in governing how applications to work on protected trees are made and introducing a 'fast track' appeals system.

Consultation on new BS 3998

It's been a long time coming, but finally a draft of the revised British Standard 3998 Recommendations for Tree Work is available for public comment.

New Tree Inspection standard consultation

The British Standards Institute have begun a consultation on a new British Standard Recommendations for Tree Safety Inspections - BS8516.

National Bean Pole Week celebrates coppice

Britain’s first ever National Beanpole Week will be held between 19th and 27th April 2008. It will celebrate native coppiced woodland and the ancient tradition of coppicing, together with the beanpoles and other excellent products made from eco-friendly coppiced wood.

Trees in Towns II launched

The long awaited "Trees in Towns II" study has been published, providing a wealth of data on the state of the UK's tree stock and the way it is managed. launched

We've just launched a new website at where consumers can search for local tree surgeons by simply entering their post code.

Perrin case overturned

An appeal against the judgement in the case of Perrin & Anor v. Northampton Borough Council has been upheld by the Court of Appeal, overturning the original judgement and allowing the possibility of engineering works being considered when looking at whether works to abate an actionable nuisance are necessary.

Rogue tree surgeons brought to book

In a joint Hight Court action led by the Arboricultural Association, a tree care company which falsely claimed to be one of the Association's Approved Contractors has been ordered to cease passing itself off as such and to pay costs of £5,500.

Tree Advice Trust replace APN1

The Tree Advice Trust have published a new Arboricultural Practice Note on the construction of driveways and hard surfaces close to trees.

Arb Association awarding chartered status

The Arboricultural Association is now able to award the status of Chartered Environmentalist to its Professional Members and Fellows.

New web site for the ICF

Institute of Chartered Foresters launch new website It's not strictly news this, but we thought you might like to know that the Institue of Chartered Foresters have launched a new website. The new site includes a members' area, online access to Forestry, a directory of consultants, news and events and more. You can find it at

Search for arborists nearby

Need to find a good local tree surgeon? have the answer! We've just added the ability to search for competant arborists near to you, based on your UK postcode.

New advice pages added

We've started building the advice section of the website, where we'll be adding articles on common tree care issues.

New search facility

We've just added a new search facility to, allowing you to search through several key sites for information about arboriculture, tree care and urban forestry, all from one place. launches

We're delighted to be able to announce the launch of - a new website bringing together a couple of long established forums and a host of other resources.

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