In the latest free-of-charge seminar offered by Barcham Trees on Monday 30 April at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery Philip van Wassenaer and Alex Satel, urban forestry and arboricultural consultants from Urban Forest Innovations Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, will share their insights into urban forest assessment and management planning, and urban forest pest management. Together, Philip and Alex share almost three decades of experience in developing urban forest and pest management strategies for municipalities in Canada and beyond.


The seminar will be divided into four parts, each corresponding to the well-known acronym UFMP (for Urban Forest Management Plan). In this seminar, however, the acronym represents Understanding, Forest Assessment, Management, and Pests.


Understanding: this section will define the concepts of urban forests and urban forestry from an international perspective. The presenters will explore some of the pressing challenges facing urban forests in Canada and around the world, and introduce approaches to addressing these challenges.

Forest assessment: Philip and Alex will review the tools and technologies used by Canadian municipalities to develop a better understanding of their urban forest resources and to make better management decisions.

Management: this section will outline a proven and established framework for the development of a comprehensive and strategic urban forest management plan.

Pests: The presenters will reflect on the devastation wrought on North American urban forests by emerald ash borer, the insect pest that now threatens Europe.


The seminar will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm Attendance is free-of-charge and a complimentary breakfast and lunch are included in the day. To express interest in the event, please e-mail Natasha Hutchison



Philip van Wassenaer, a consulting arborist and president of Urban Forest Innovations, recently received international recognition with the True Professionials of Arboriculture Award. Van Wassenaer is seen here measuring and using sonic tomography to check a tree’s health,
Staff photo by Rob Beintema
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