What the Society Does

The International Dendrology Society:

  • Organises tours, all over the world, visiting arboreta and gardens, including botanical and private collections, and to see trees growing in their natural habitats
  • Organises one to two day study periods covering subjects of interest to members, and occasional longer symposia
  • Provides Bursaries for students to study dendrology in countries they would not normally have the opportunity to visit
  • Produces a Yearbook for its members covering the Society's activities and annual tours, as well as specialist articles and book reviews
  • Provides a Newsletter for members twice yearly.
  • Provides information for the Society's membership through its dedicated Website
  • Distributes legally collected seeds from the wild and cultivation
  • Alerts the relevant authorities in countries where arboreta or natural plant resources are under threat from development
  • Publishes the website Trees and Shrubs Online, which incorporates New Trees and Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles.

This is achieved through:

  • The Charity Trustees, meeting three times a year.
  • A Council of Members representing countries throughout the world, meeting three times a year
  • A Scientific and Education Committee responsible for organising study periods, making recommendations for grants and bursaries, and supervising publications
  • A Tours Committee responsible for visits world-wide to places of special interest to members, issuing an E-Newsletter four times a year
  • An Annual General Meeting (held in the UK every second year) linked to a social event or tour
  • A cocktail party held in May each year in London at the time of the Chelsea Flower Show, and other social events from time to time in other countries
  • Contacts with the 1,800 members from some 50 countries, many countries having a Vice President who is ex officio on Council