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Climate Change – Building Resilience in the Arboricultural Sector

21/11/2018

Wokingham, Berkshire


TR:ACC-181121-WOK


Andy Moffatt


6 hours


Places Available


Duration 1 day: 9:00 - 16:30 (Timings are Approximate) 


Exc. VAT Inc. VAT

Course Objectives:

The objectives for these workshops are to enable course members to:

• Understand the basic evidence for climate change
• Describe the principal impacts to trees that climate change is likely to make 
• Explain the benefits of trees and woodlands in combating climate change
• Understand the policy context for responding to climate change
• Identify the main options and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation
• Understand how climate change is affecting tree susceptibility to pests and diseases
• Describe how tree managers can respond to the challenges of climate change including advice on suitable species selection for predicted climatic conditions.
 
The workshop is designed to be suitable for any arboricultural professional, including Local Authority Tree officers, Arboricultural Consultants and Contractors and Landscape Architects.  It may also be useful to professionals of other disciplines such as loss adjusters and engineers to gain a modern understanding of the likely impact of climate change, focused on the urban tree environment.

Course Content:

 Arboriculture and climate change

The 'Trees in Towns II' survey published by DCLG in 2008 identified that most of our urban trees are young, early mature or semi-mature and will therefore need to face significantly different climatic conditions predicted for future years.  This will obviously also apply to trees we plant today, or tomorrow.  If we wish to see a continued strong tree component as part of urban green infrastructure, and if we want to advocate urban trees as a useful contribution to capturing carbon and helping to reduce global warming, then we must understand what the likely impacts of climate change will be.  And what options are available to adapt the urban treescape in order that it becomes resilient to these changes.  There is much uncertainty to the magnitude of predicted climate changes and the precise timing of when they will occur.  However, there is absolute certainty that they will.  We will need to be ready.

There has been much research on the subject of tree and woodland adaptation and how these can contribute to climate change reduction.  And considerable progress has been made in climate change prediction, understanding the probable impacts on trees in both urban and peri-urban environments, and working through the likely changes to policy and operational practice that will be needed.  Much has been published on the subject (e.g. nearly seven million Google 'hits' for ‘climate change and urban trees'!), a lot confusing or contradictory.

The Arboricultural Association has recognised the importance of climate change to the industry - indeed, at its 2014 National Amenity Conference in September, it devoted one of six themes to the subject. 
 
The workshop is designed to be suitable for any arboricultural professional, including Local Authority Tree officers, Arboricultural Consultants and Contractors and Landscape Architects.  It may also be useful to professionals of other disciplines such as loss adjusters and engineers to gain a modern understanding of the likely impact of climate change, focussed on the urban tree environment.

1.  http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=10076_CCRAfortheForestrySector16July2012.pdf

Module Pre-requisites:

N/A

Terms of Cancellation or Amendments to details

  • We reserve the right to cancel courses and refund applicants if there is insufficient demand.
  • A FULL charge will be applied to any booking cancelled less than 10 working days before the event.
  • A £30 administration charge may be applied to changes made to bookings that have been received and acknowledged.

For all course bookings outside the UK and Europe, please email training@trees.org.uk