VETcert Final Event

August 28th 2019beech kervinhy

Norrköping, Sweden

with special guest Francis Hallé


The VETcert project is coming to an end.

A certification for veteran tree management professionals is born!


Welcome to a day devoted to the VETcert project and get a detailed insight into the European certification scheme for veteran tree management that has been developed. The European Erasmus+ project has been achieved by the collaboration of 10 organisations from 7 countries representing purchasers, end users and training organisations with a joint vision of better quality veteran tree management across Europe.
The keynote speaker is Professor Francis Halle on the topics of tree architecture and the concept of reiteration.

To register, fill in the registration form
The seminar will be in English, free of charge and includes lunch, coffee/fika and a good opportunity to meet tree people from all over Europe.
If you have any questions, contact Peter Hjelmqvist, Sveriges Arboristförbund

Place: Renströmmen konferens & restaurang, Drottninggatan 1 Norrköping
Date: 2019-08-28
Time: 08.30 to approx. 16.00

Preliminary Programme

08.00-08.30    Registration and coffee

08.30-08.45    Welcome

08.45-09.45   VETcert presentation
Vikki Bengtsson (Pro-Natura), Tom Joye (Inverde) and Jim Mullholland (Ancient Tree Forum/Arboricultural Association) will give an overview of the project and the future implementation of this new certification scheme.

09.45-10.15    Coffee break

10.15-10.45 VETcert implementation    
How will VETcert be implemented by the organisations buying veteran tree services? Two perspectives:
Karin Sandberg, national coordinator for the veteran tree action plan in Sweden
Anton Sunnergren, district ecologist, Åtvidaberg, Östergötland

11.00-12.00     Tree Architecture and the concept of reiteration
Francis Hallé, special guest and keynote speaker, legendary French botanist, tree architecture pioneer and Professor Emeritus of the University of Montpellier, will share his knowledge on tree architecture:
"According to Linnaean botany, flowers are necessary to identify a tree. However, in the tropical rainforests, flowers are rare and usually impossible to collect as they are high up in the canopy. The people living in the tropics, use architecture to identify their trees. The architectural models will be presented, together with the key concept of reiteration through which a tree is no longer unitarian and becomes a colony. From now on, understanding the genetic control of tree architecture is our aim and will better help us understand our ancient trees."

12.00-13.00    Lunch

13.00-15.00    Field visit to Ingelstad Ekbackar Nature Reserve
Malin Larsson, district ecologist, Norrköping and Nicklas Jansson, entomologist, county administration Östergötland will guide us in the unique oak wood pasture.

There will also be a station where the VETcert certification procedures will be explained.  logo Norrköping

Link to information on Ingelstads ekbackar nature reserve 

15.00-15.30    Conclusions and questions
Moderated by Ted Green (Ancient Tree Forum)

15.30-16.00    Bus back to the conference hall where the event ends.