The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has partnered with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to deliver Trees in the Planning Process, a half-day seminar on April 13, in Oxford. It will highlight the importance of trees and landscapes in urban greenspace design alongside the considerations of those involved in the planning application process.
While the benefits of trees in urban greenspace projects for health, well-being and alleviating climate-related problems are now widely recognised, the benefits of closer collaboration between those on either side of the planning process is less well recognised. On the one hand, there’s the vision of the tree and landscape professionals while, on the other, the practicalities for those considering the planning submission. Thus, the seminar will also emphasise how professions have to work together in order to understand how this is best achieved.
ICF and RTPI experts will present on topics including: trees in relation to design, demolition and construction; the importance of effective planning conditions and local planning policy; and, examples of best practice in arboriculture and landscaping.
Expected attendees include planning officers, town and country planning officers, arboriculturists, urban greening and landscape professionals, architects and construction planners.
Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, will chair the first part of the programme. He said: “This seminar will be fantastic for professional collaboration and building best practice knowledge. Professional planners and arboriculturists will be able to improve their technical understanding and discuss key aspects of the planning process with presentations from both sides of the coin.”
Trees in the Planning Process is supported by GreenBlue Urban and Lockhart Garratt.