ICF National Conference: Professionalism has Crucial Role in Managing and Protecting Trees Worldwide
10 April 2019
The United Kingdom has a crucial role to play in the management and protection of trees worldwide, with professional foresters and arboriculturists taking the lead, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) national conference heard today (Wednesday 10 April).
Pests and diseases, along with increased stress on trees associated with extreme weather events linked to climate change, are causing what delegates were told amounts to ‘appalling damage’ and there is a need for collaboration between professional foresters around the globe.
Speaking in a pre-recorded video message played to delegates at the conference in the Examination Rooms, Oxford, The Prince of Wales said that he has witnessed at first-hand the tragic and incalculable loss of larch and sweet chestnut trees to Phytophthora ramorum as well as ash dieback.
In his message to the conference, The Prince of Wales talked about how pests and diseases are assisted by the increased tree stress associated with extreme weather events linked to climate change. This is resulting in the loss of vital habitat and a reduction in the range of tree species that can provide the nation with much needed products such as timber, fencing and fuelwood.
You can read the full news release, and view the Prince of Wales' full video address, via the ICF website
The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) are a professional body licensed by the Society for the Environment to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status