The 2018 Young Professionals Study Tour on 18-19 May comprises visits to a new large scale urban development at Alconbury Weald and the iconic Burghley Estate. Each location will offer delegates to see fantastic examples of arboriculture and forestry at each of these sites. The base for the tour will be in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England.

Building on the success of the last two Young Professionals Study Tours in Hexham and Oban, the Institute is once again hosting a study tour for young professionals in 2018 in recognition of the growing numbers of future professionals joining as Student and Associate members, as well as those members who have recently become chartered.

The Young Professionals Study Tour offers a fantastic opportunity for young forestry and arboricultural professionals to enjoy a sociable learning event.

The Young Professional Study Tour will be based in Huntingdon, England. Delegates are advised that the cost for the event does not include accommodation. There are a variety of options – dependent on budget – with Huntingdon offering hotels and B&Bs in the centre of the town and there is a camping and caravan site just to the south of the river starting from £11.00 per tent per night and dogs are welcome.

To reduce the number of cars involved for the event, we encourage delegates to share transport where possible. If you would like to ask about a car share or if you have space that can accommodate someone else, search #ICFcarShare (on twitter) to start a conversation.


Thursday 17 May

Delegates are invited to meet on Thursday for an informal drink at the Samuel Pepys from 19:00.

Friday 18 May

08:30 Meet in Huntingdon in the Sainsbury’s car park for introductions and scene setting.

09:00 Travel to Alconbury Weald. The YPST delegates will be transported in own vehicles.

09:30 Morning lectures on site with representatives from Wharton Tree & Ecology ConsultantsWhiting Landscapes, Urban & Civic and Bradley Murphy Design (BMD) to set context, involvement and site considerations/challenges/scope.

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Out and about around Alconbury Weald looking at different aspects of the site.

16:30 Travel to Huntingdon. Aim to arrive in Huntingdon at approximately 17:00.

19:00  Evening meal in Huntingdon (included in delegate rate). Meet at 19:00, aim to be seated by 19:30.

Saturday 19 May

09:15 Meet in Huntingdon in the Sainsbury’s car park before travelling to Burghley House

10:00 Arrive at Burghley House for refreshments

10:15 Tour of the estate covering the following aspects:

  • Overview of the site;
  • Historical significance;
  • Long-term management plan;
  • Commercial ideas and ventures;

13:15 Lunch

14:15 Summing up and conclusions

14:45 Attendees disperse


Peter Wharton MICFor (Chartered Arboriculturist), Arboricultural Consultant at Wharton Tree & Ecology Consultants

“I am the director of Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants, which celebrates 10 years in business this year. The business has grown from a team of 2 to currently 8 and still growing! Our core business is delivering tree, ecology and topographical projects, from one house sites through to master-planning sites of national importance and anything in between. My previous background includes working in local government planning departments and as a climbing arborist between 1998-2014.

“This particular YPST is all about communication, innovation and design, and highlights that as tree professionals we have a vital role to play in all of this as part of a wider design and green infrastructure team. The future of the industry sits in the hands of young professionals, allowing them to generate ideas, establish working relations with allied professions and to learn from previous mistakes. Alconbury Weald illustrates many aspects of both arboriculture and forestry: early engagement with a design team for planning applications from outline through to full detail, advice on tree retention, removal and transplanting plus undertaking risk management projects across the site. Due to the national importance of the project it is important that young professionals in the industry are aware of the vital role we play in development projects and how our knowledge and skills can be used to inform design. This can be transferred across a multitude of projects.

“Running a company, where everyone with the exception of our office manager Kate and myself is under 30, is a give away to why I am so keen to be part of the YPST. Young professionals and their development is key to the industry having a voice in the future. As I have found over the past 10 years, by putting faith in their ability and knowledge, increasing their confidence and supporting their work, the ability they have to develop new ideas and work with technology is amazing and we should be both harnessing and promoting this. The YPST enables for great communication and problem solving with no barriers. My passion for assisting with the YPST comes from not having this network of people, as I developed in the industry.”

Peter Glassey, Head of Forestry, Parks and Gardens at Burghley House Preservation Trust

“I have been employed at Burghley as the Head of Forestry, Parks and Gardens since 1992. I moved here from a large private estate in East Yorkshire. The work here is very varied our main focus is the park, the presentation preservation and of the capability Brown parkland.

“The landscaping of Burghley park was Lancelot Browns longest commission ( 1756 and 1780). The estate is currently 4 years into a 10 year higher level stewardship agreement with Natural England to conserve and enhance this landscape. The park has many fine examples of veteran and ancient trees mainly sweet chestnut and oak.

“The park is the venue to the Burghley horse trials which is now the 6th largest sporting event in the country. I love to show visitors this landscape, our fine tree collection and how we are managing the event impact and complying with our Natural England agreement.

“I think the study tour will give young professional foresters a valuable insight into the different roles our profession has to address.”


Andy Lederer, Development Director, Institute of Chartered Foresters. Tel. 0117 916 6427.

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This event is open only to members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters through our exclusive Members’ Area.

If you’d like to join the Institute and attend the Tour, please visit Join Us to submit your application.