march, 2018

20mar9:30 am4:00 pmEngland's Community Forests Annual Conference 2018Birmingham & Midland Institute Event Organized By: Community Forest Trust

Event Details

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. ( )






Registration   and refreshments






Sir Harry Studholme

Forestry Commission

Scene setting. Reflections on key issues; the purpose of the conference and the role of community forestry in the coming years.


Forest   Headlines

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?


Northern   Forest

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