TEP is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the International Urban Trees Research Conference hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters on the 5th and 6th of April. Taking place at the University of Birmingham, the conference will see two days of talks from some of the world’s leading natural environment professionals under the broad topics of trees and transport and trees and health.
Jonathan Smith, TEP’s Arboricultural director says “The timing and focus of the conference is perfect for us. 2017 is a year-long celebration of 20 years in business. As a practice we have long known how vital our work is in designing and managing urban green places and in the benefits of making the natural environment accessible to all”.
After two decades of working at the interface of urban and natural environments, we are privileged to look back at our work with the Mersey and Red Rose Community Forests, the NHS, Forestry Commission and the Homes and Communities Agency and see a legacy of positive public interaction with trees and ecology. As well as promoting the wider environmental, social and economic benefits of urban trees, TEP is also proud of the direct influence we have had on local communities through our Corporate Social Responsibility actions. If you have ever walked through Griffin Wood in St Helens, Merseyside you may well have brushed past a tree planted by one of our Directors and if you live in Telford, Shropshire your child may well have attended a woodland recreation day hosted by one of our landscape managers.
Our work in the private development sector has also borne some excellent results with trees being recognised as assets opposed to constraints. But there is always more to do and this year’s conference looks set to challenge and inspire. As a practitioner we face the same challenges as others in promoting the planting and safe management of trees close to our busy highway network. This is why we are pleased to sponsor the third Trees, People and the Built Environment Conference which will present the latest research and impetus to solving this contentious issue.
TEP will have a stand in the trade area of the conference so please come and speak with us. We look forward to seeing you there.