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The UK’s Biggest Arboriculture Conference Returns

Author:  Arboricultural Association
  04/08/2022
Last Updated:  09/08/2022
The 55th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference – What is a Tree?

Previewing the 55th National Amenity Conference:
What is a Tree?

4-7 September 2022

Loughborough University, LEICESTERSHIRE

After 2 years the UK’s longest running, internationally recognised, arboriculture conference is back with a new venue and one of the most exciting programmes of speakers in its history.

The title of the 55th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference is ‘What is a tree?’ and will be explore 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.

New venue and format

The Arboricultural Association has curated a world class line up of 21 speakers from around the globe who will explore this fundamental question, through a wide range of sessions presenting ground-breaking innovations and research that will change our thinking. New for this year are a series of special interactive workshop sessions, led by our speakers to bring you closer to the themes at the heart of the conference. These sessions, taking place each afternoon, will offer a refreshing change of pace to traditional conference formats and themes covered will include: Producing a tree strategy, tree ecology, green equity, tree protection around the world, tree morphology and tree planting targets.

Sunday Field Trip with a legend of arboriculture

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.

After a cancelled event in 2020 and our first online conference in 2021, we’ll be celebrating the return to an in-person conference with plenty of social events and opportunities to catch up with old friends and colleagues, and make new connections.

Survivor Tree

Survivor Tree story one of many highlights

Among the dozens of highly anticipated speakers is Texas based arboricultural consultant Mark Bays, who will bring us what promises to be both a moving and enlightening presentation on the ‘Survivor Tree’. The native American elm stands at the highest point on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which honours the victims of the senseless act of violence that struck at the heart of the city 25 years ago. The elm has come to represent hope and healing and stands strong as a symbol for all to reflect upon, remembering those lives lost to the bombing and honouring their memories. Mark and others worked closely with the designers, engineers and construction crews in all aspects of the construction relating to the Survivor Tree and many innovative designs were considered and implemented.

“I have worked on many construction projects but the feeling here was different.

Bays said.

“Everybody knew it was much more than any one of us and everyone worked together in a spirit dignity and respect”.

The special story of the recovery of the Survivor Tree, and its ongoing care that began in 1996, is one of many sessions at the conference that will leave a lasting lesson and perhaps change our definition of what a tree can mean to us.

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

All prices shown above exclude VAT.

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You can view the full conference programme and book at www.trees.org.uk/conference22