England's Community Forests are within reach of more that 50% of the population. With local communities we have planted more than 36m
England’s Community Forests are within reach of more that 50% of the population. With local communities we have planted more than 36m new trees. Millions of people use and enjoy the new and growing forests. They provide a wide range of benefits for people and wildlife, as well as setting the scene for growth and jobs.
In 2018 our annual conference focuses on some of the key issues facing trees and woodland in and around our towns and cities.
We are also delighted that Amanda Bryan, a Commissioner with FC Scotland will be joining us to speak about community forestry in Scotland. (https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8XNDRK )
Registration and refreshments
Sir Harry Studholme
Scene setting. Reflections on key issues; the purpose of the conference and the role of community forestry in the coming years.
Nick Webb – Marston Vale
What have Community Forests been up to in the past year?
Community Forestry in Scotland
Amanda Bryan – Commissioner, FC Scotland
The continued development of community forestry in Scotland, what can England’s CFs learn; what can we share?
Stephen Robinson – Heywood
Update on Northern Forest
A 25-year Plan for the Environment – what role for Community Forests?
How can Community Forestss help to deliver the 25-year Plan?
Trees for Learning Programme
Malcolm Hackett – Greenwood Community Forest
Trees for Learning will see over 1,000 schools involved in a programme to plant more than 160k trees
UFWAC – Urban Tree Canopy Cover Report
Launch of the new canopy cover document by UFWAC
Sustainable Funding for Community Forests
Iain Taylor, Chair Community Forest Trust
Over the past year DEFRA and Community Forests have been exploring innovative funding to secure the long term basis for the delivery of Community Forests and community forestry.
Led by Steve Connor – Creative Concern
Social media – megaphone or conversation?
Tips and strategies for social media, and where is it all heading?
Next steps: Sir Harry Studholme
We have great speakers, even better AV than last year(!) and the workshop will undoubtedly be as lively as usual.
Places are limited so please book early.Tickets are available at a cost of just under £25 (inc fees and VAT) to cover refreshments and the cost of room hire.
If you are a member of England’s Community Forests, tickets are free of charge.
(Tuesday) 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham & Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS