National Arbor Day

Radio Lancashire

Sharon was asked to travel and speak to the students at Myerscough College in Preston and organised by Duncan Slater, presenting the first National Arbor Day in her role as Vice President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.  At lunch an interview with (click this link for the interview) BBC Radio Lancashire went out with Stephen Lowe.

To quote Duncan, the day is/was …….’a massive opportunity to promote the many benefits that trees can bring to communities – and also highlight the arboricultural industry as essential for providing, maintaining and managing those trees’. 

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.