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The 55th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference – What is a Tree?

4-7 September 2022

Loughborough University, LEICESTERSHIRE

Welcoming delegates back to an in-person Amenity Conference for the first time since 2019.

A tree can represent something different to all of us. Join the UK’s biggest arboriculture conference and experience a special 3-day event redefining what a tree can represent, as an ecosystem itself and as part of the wider ecosystem.

Make new connections, enjoy field trips, interactive workshops and a refreshing change of pace from traditional conference formats. 21 world class, expert speakers will transform our thinking first hand, through ground-breaking innovations and research.

We are also delighted to be able to invite some of the speakers who were due to present at the cancelled 2020 (and then online 2021) Trees and society conference. As well as presentations in the main lecture theatre there will also be a series of workshops led by internationally-renowned experts. And, of course, we will be seeking to celebrate our return to an in-person conference with plenty of social events and opportunities to catch up with old friends and colleagues, and make new ones. A full programme will be made available in the near future.

We will be considering the concept of tree ecology, with the tree both as part of a wider ecosystem and as an ecosystem in its own right. For too long, urban and amenity trees were often viewed as existing in isolation – each an individual tree, perceived and managed as an individual unit. Over time we have come to appreciate that this is not the case.

Trees are not only key elements of wider ecosystems, but can constitute ecosystems in their own right. Once, when asked the question what is a tree?, we might have replied with a dictionary definition – a tall plant with a wooden trunk and branches, or a woody perennial plant with an elongate main stem. We might have quoted Justice Cranston and responded that a tree is anything that would ordinarily be regarded as a tree. A tree is an assemblage of cells, arranged as roots, stem, fruit. We know that it can be far more complicated than this, and that a simple answer is not easily given. We must consider tree ecology. What impact does our increasing understanding of how trees function have on our understanding of what a tree actually is? To what extent must fungi be considered part of a tree when we cannot always tell where the roots end and the mycorrhiza begin? What about the soil and the microbes? The endophytes and epiphytes? What about all of the flora, fauna and funga which coexist with trees?

There are also going to be plenty of opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors, so please contact admin@trees.org.uk if you are interested. We look forward to seeing you all in September! To keep updated on speakers and programme details for the Conference, as they become available, visit www.trees.org.uk/Conference22

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Timetable

Monday 5 September

Time

Speaker/Activity

08:00–08:30

Registration

08:30–08:40

Welcome and Chair 1 introduction

08:40–09:10

TED GREEN

The Tree Ecologist

09:10–09:40

STEFANIA GASPERINI

Veteran trees: From technical to ethical arboriculture

09:40–10:10

NEVILLE FAY

Rethinking the tree from the ground up – a philosophical approach

10:10–10:40

GEOFF MONCK

The importance of the microbiome to tree resilience to pests, pathogens and environmental stresses and the key role its deterioration plays in tree decline

10:40–11:00

Questions

11:00–11:40
Break
11:40–11:45

Welcome and Chair 2 introduction

11:45–11:55

Speed Briefing

Speaker TBC
11:55–12:25

LORIEN NESBITT

Holistic environmental justice for equitable urban forestry

12:25–12:55

JESSICA QUINTON

Wealthy, educated and… non-millennial? Inequitable patterns of proximity to urban vegetation in 31 Canadian cities

12:55–13:25

NANAMHLA GWEDLA

The legacy of colonial and apartheid eras on the distribution, composition and representation of street trees in South Africa

13:25–13:45

Questions

13:45–15:00
Lunch
15:00–17:00

Panel discussion:

Tree ecology
with various speakers

Workshops

The Major Oak Gallery Tour
with Reg Harris

Research project: Noise in decision making
with Jennifer Murray

Tree planting: More than just numbers
with Keith Sacre and Kenton Rogers

Writing a tree strategy
with Rob Northrop and Howell Davies

17:00
CLOSE

Tuesday 6 September

Time

Speaker/Activity

08:00–08:30

Registration

08:30–08:40

Welcome and Chair 3 introduction

08:40–09:10

JOHN GATHRIGHT

Discovering the true value of trees: Creating social heroes and better businesses

09:10–09:40

TBA

 

09:40–10:10

NAOMI ZÜRCHER

Grow a Tree, Grow a Society: lessons from the forest

10:10–10:40

MARK ROBERTS

Outrage management: the art of de-catastrophising

10:40–11:00

Questions

11:00–11:40
Break
11:40–11:45

Welcome and Chair 4 introduction

11:45–11:55

Speed Briefing

Speaker TBC
11:55–12:25

MARK BAYS

Oklahoma City’s Survivor Tree

12:25–12:55

PAUL MANDIBONDIBO

The role of trees in belief, culture and tradition in Biak, Papua

12:55–13:25

JILL BUTLER

What is a tree? A tree is an historical document

13:25–13:45

Questions

13:45–15:00
Lunch
15:00–17:00

Panel discussion:

Tree protection around the world
with various speakers

Workshops

The Major Oak Gallery Tour
with Reg Harris

Research project: Noise in decision making
with Jennifer Murray

Tree morphology walking tour
with Stefania Gasperini and Giovanni Morelli

Tree planting: More than just numbers
with Keith Sacre and Kenton Rogers

17:00
CLOSE

Wednesday 7 September

Time

Speaker/Activity

08:00–08:30

Registration

08:30–08:40

Welcome and Chair 5 introduction

08:40–09:10

LYNNE BODDY

A tree is never just a tree

09:10–09:40

SURESH RAMANAN

Indian farmer’s perception of trees

09:40–10:10

FRANCESCO FERRINI

How do trees respond to environmental stress? Biochemical and physiological aspects of urban trees tolerance to climate extremes

10:10–10:40

KAMIL WITKOS-GNACH

Trees of Bialowieza Forest - place where they can grow and die freely?

10:40–11:00

Questions

11:00–11:40
Break
11:40–11:45

Welcome and Chair 6 introduction

11:45–11:55

Speed Briefing

Speaker TBC
11:55–12:25

HOWELL DAVIES

The development of the urban Ngahere Strategy for Auckland, New Zealand

12:25–12:55

TAHIA DEVISSCHER

Urban Forests in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges

12:55–13:25

ROB NORTHROP

What is a tree? A tale of three cities

13:25–13:45

Questions

13:45–15:00
Lunch
15:00–17:00

Panel discussion:

Green inequity
with Nanamhla Gwedla and Lorien Nesbitt

Workshops

The Major Oak Gallery Tour
with Reg Harris

Research project: Noise in decision making
with Jennifer Murray

Tree planting: More than just numbers
with Keith Sacre and Kenton Rogers

Writing a tree strategy
with Rob Northrop and Howell Davies

17:00
CLOSE

Rates

Early Bird pricing ends Friday August 2022

Prices for Conference are listed here. Please note that the package deals include accommodation for 3/4 nights and all meals.

Early Bird Prices

Standard Prices

Options

Member
Non-member
Student
Member
Non-member
Student

Non-residential 3 days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Price per delegate for all 3 days

£450.00

£555.00

£225.00

£570.00

£720.00

£300.00

Day Delegate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Price per delegate per day

£150.00

£185.00

£75.00

£190.00

£240.00

£100.00

Bed and Breakfast Sunday, Monday or Tuesday
Price per night

£65.00

£70.00

£65.00

£65.00

£70.00

£65.00

Evening meals Sunday, Monday or Tuesday (Tuesday is the Conference garden party!)
Price per meal

£35.00

£35.00

£35.00

£35.00

£35.00

£35.00

Sunday Field Trip

£50.00

£60.00

£35.00

£50.00

£60.00

£35.00

Packages

Full Residential Conference 4 Days plus Sunday Field Trip.

£690

£765

£690

£800

£900

£800

Residential Conference 3 Days

£600

£675

£600

£725

£825

£725

All prices shown above exclude VAT.

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Sunday Field Trip

Calke Abbey National Trust Estate

Thinking Arbs Day with Ted Green

08:30–17:00

The Calke Abbey grounds The Calke Abbey stables and courtyard The Calke Abbey pond The Calke Abbey landscape

For the first time the Sunday conference field trip takes the form of one of our most popular series of events in recent years, the Thinking Arbs Day with Ted Green. The spectacular Calke Abbey National Trust Estate provides the perfect setting for an exciting day of tree discussion with the living legend himself.

The National Trust’s Calke Estate encompasses over 600 acres of historic parkland, a third of which holds the important status of National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. This ancient wood pasture and its historic avenues are home to over 650 veteran trees, 350 of which are considered ancient.

The ‘Old Man of Calke’ is the most well-known ancient veteran on the estate. At an estimated 1,200 years old, he certainly earns the title, but he’s not alone, his neighbour, another English oak, is 900 years old.

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