The ICF, Scottish breakfasts, and public speaking week……..

The ICF, Breakfast in Scotland, and some time off from tree surveys


Taking some well deserved time away from trees (and what to do about them), this week Sharon doffs her assessors Tam O Shanter as she flies to Edinburgh to fulfil one of her other roles in ‘soon to be freezing’ Scotland, at the Institute of Chartered Foresters. As a fellow of the Institute, Sharon takes a great interest in new candidates wishing to join, and has mentored some in the past. Two days will be taken up until she finds herself, on friday, in Cambridgeshire representing the ICF and  EATALOG (East Anglian Tree and Landscape Officers Group), giving a talk on establishing  and retaining quality trees in the urban landscape, a subject (amongst others) which she is passionate about, amongst others. Those of you who read the case of the Durning Library tree will understand how important it is to try to achieve a balance between necessary development and equally necessary trees, so for those who are going, get involved in this talk, as it will be a chance to discuss your experiences too. To quote from the Barchams blog:-

The afternoon session will be a review of BS5837:2012 ‘Trees in relation to demolition, design and construction – recommendations’ in particular protecting trees on development sites and how the process might be improved. Sharon Hosegood (Sharon Hosegood Associates) will present a consultants opinion and Simon Case (North Norfolk District Council) will give observations on the process from a local authority perspective. These two speakers will set the scene for what is hoped to be a lively debate on the subject.

Plumpton College Awards


 Plumpton College Student Awards 2015Plumpton College student awards 2015
 A great afternoon was spent on Friday June 19th when we were invited to Plumpton College for their annual awards ceremony.Of the 770 students receiving awards, there was one special additional award from the ICF for the top Arboricultural student, Peter Small. In achieving the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Arboriculture, Peter also received a certificate from the ICF which Sharon presented to him after the ceremony, held in a magnificent marquee in the grounds of the college. The award was sponsored by Hassocks Field Society, and afterwards Peter spent some time with Sharon discussing the possibilities that laid ahead for him, whilst she encouraged him via her experiences in the business to follow his desire to establish himself as a consultant. Sharon presented Peter with a year’s subscription to the ICF, and he is likely to be popping over to the SHA office to do a couple of days work experience with the company. Here’s the official press release from the college:-

‘Plumpton College held its annual awards ceremony recently, and over two thousand students, staff, parents and invited guests celebrated completing students receiving awards.  The Principal, Des Lambert congratulated the students on their successes, highlighting the efforts which students had devoted to their studies to achieve their awards, commenting that all staff were proud of the students’ individual achievements. 

A very wide range of students attend the college in terms of the discipline studied and the academic level of study and Plumpton College is unique in its ability to encourage and develop such a wide range of learners in land-based subjects.  It is what makes the college special.

Dr Stan Stanier, Chair of College Governors, welcomed the guest of honour, Dr Tim Strickland, CEO of FE Sussex.  Dr Strickland had a wide knowledge of vocational training including teaching at nautical colleges and at a number of FE colleges and in addition to this he had a wide experience of international education and college inspections.  He has long been a strong advocate of vocational education, was involved with many Sussex associations and is a great supporter of the College’s activities. During his address Dr Strickland mentioned that the students were part of a far wider body of 63,000 students studying at colleges across Sussex.  This awards ceremony was one of the largest.  He strongly supported the College with its emphasis on student success and diversity of the curriculum.  He emphasised to the students that College was not only about learning their chosen area of expertise but it was also about growing in confidence and making friends and that the friendships which the students had made during their time at college would last them through their life.  He emphasised that the awards event celebrated success and reminded the students of never underestimating the importance of self-confidence, combined with vocational qualifications, to help them through their careers. He also reminded the students of the importance of creating their own opportunities and that learning needs to continue throughout their careers.

The awards ceremony was then directed by Dr David Stokes, Deputy Principal.

At the end of the ceremony Mr Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex congratulated the Principal on his award of OBE.

On behalf of all students, Alexandra Tuck, who had just been awarded the prize for the top student on the Foundation Degree in Agriculture, proposed a vote of thanks to all present, including the staff and governors.  She offered congratulations to each student at this, the end of an important chapter in their lives.  On behalf of the students she thanked all the staff for the work which they had put into helping students during their time at college.  Alex added that every student would take away cherished memories and wished everyone much luck for the future‘.

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