Tree Aid

Tree Aid helps the drylands of Africa to lift themselves out of poverty and protect their environment.
We speak to their Chair, Shireen Chambers MBE, Georges Bazongo, Operations Director, and fundraisers  Bell Martin & James Ogilvie about the work done by this fabulous charity.

Trees and The Built Environment 4 – Promo

ICF and TBE4

We have just completed our promo video for the following event to be hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Please see below the ICF text regarding the event.

'Every three years the Institute of Chartered Foresters proudly partners with academic institutions and built and natural environment professionals to host an international cross-discipline conference on urban greenspace. Trees, People and the Built Environment provides a platform for greater understanding and exploration as researchers and practitioners from across the globe showcase their work in urban greenspace.

As you’ll be aware, the situation with Covid-19 meant we had to postpone this year’s conference. We apologise again for any inconvenience caused but we’re sure you understand that the well-being of our members, delegates and speakers needed to take priority.

The great news, however, is that we have confirmed dates for a rescheduled conference which, excitingly, will take place entirely online on the 3rd and 4th of February 2021.'

Tree ecology and rare insects

Vikki Bengtsson is an ecologist and has worked professionally with nature conservation since 1992. Up until 2003, she worked in England and now works primarily in Sweden. Vikki has worked throughout her career with issues relating to practical management and restoration of ancient trees and wood pastures. She also trains arborists, landscape architects, site managers and planners in the care and management of ancient trees. She was project manager for the European VETree and VETcert projects developing training and a certification system for veteran tree professionals across Europe.

Xander ‘AntBoy’ Johnston, a young naturalist, currently at high school, who specialises in wood ants and rare and endangered invertebrates found in the Scottish highlands. Xander has recorded over 800 hours volunteering in the last 4 years, and has become a respected expert in the field of entomology. Xander shares his knowledge and his passion for conservation by creating videos for his YouTube channel ( has also appeared on a number of occasions on national TV, including the BBC watches, Countryfile and Blue Peter, helping to highlight the importance of insects to the nation.

 Xander strongly believes that “Insects are the foundation of the ecosystem, without them nothing would survive, including us!”