Treescapes2021 – breaking new ground

Treescapes2021 has unveiled a unique line up of key note speakers, talks and workshops to bring researchers and woodland practitioners together online from 6-8 July.

By Wendy Necar · May 25, 2021

Led by early career researchers based at three universities – Bangor, Birmingham and the Open University – Treescapes2021 aims to stimulate lasting conversations between research and woodland practitioners, providing up-to-the-minute experiences on the ground from foresters and woodland managers and an insight into some of today’s cutting edge research into forests, woodlands and trees from upcoming researchers. Pictured above are workshop leaders, from left Theresa Bodner, Andy Heald and Jenny Knight.

Maximum ticket price is just £30 for all three days! Student tickets are just £10. Book at

Treescapes2021 is being held in collaboration with CENTA, Envision, The Forest Edge and the Royal Forestry Society with support from Forest Research and the Woodland Trust.

Royal Forestry Society Chief Executive Christopher Williams says: “Research and practice should be intertwined. Treescapes2021 will be a significant opportunity to strengthen that relationship and to get involved through the workshops, by listening and questioning speakers and by taking part in the panel session. We urge all foresters and researchers to take part for all or part of the conference.”

Amy Gresham, Bangor PHd researcher and one of the co-ordinators adds: “ This conference is for anyone working in tree science or forest sciences or as a forester. It’s bringing people together to talk about the big issues in forest and tree landscapes and to open up conversations between researchers and those tackling the issues on the ground.”

Key note speakers are:

Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, Director of the Centre for sustainable forests and landscapes, University of Edinburgh on future Proofing Forests;

Prof. Chris Quine, Chief Scientist, Forest Research, on Releasing Forestry’s Potential;

Geraint Richards, Head Forester at The Duchy of Cornwall on Research and practice.

Each will be supported by talks from doctoral students, early career researchers and practitioners. Workshops across the three days are an opportunity to get involved:

Who put that there, and what’s it for? – Can the natural regeneration of trees help us create Britain’s future woodlands? Led by Theresa Bodner, Doctoral student, Bangor University

5 Key Questions Identifying Research Priorities: Led by Andrew Heald, Sustainable Forests and Plantations consultant

Growing together: how do we develop research and practice? Led by Jenny Knight, University of Birmingham, BIFoR

Professor Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer (CPHO), Defra, will head up a final panel session on Thursday 8 July, Establishing future Treescapes through research and practice.