Urban Trees Conference Attracts Early Birds

Urban Trees Research Conference Attracts Early Birds

The “Early Bird” saving on the full ticket price for April’s major international urban trees research conference, Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II), is proving popular. Within minutes of the online booking system opening for the two day conference on 2-3 April in Birmingham, a rush of delegates ensured that they got both a confirmed place and a smart deal.

TPBE II is a major partnership initiative involving over 20 professional organisations engaged in the natural and built environment, and will be hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) as its 2014 National Conference. It brings together a wide range of researchers and practitioners, offering a unique blend of world class speakers, networking opportunities and ground-breaking research in urban forestry.

2011 Success

The conference returns following its inaugural success in 2011, winning pan-industry support from arboriculturists, foresters, ecologists, urban planners, architects, landscape architects and a range of other greenspace-related disciplines. With even greater numbers expected to attend in 2014, the event has been moved to the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston. Tickets are now on sale and bookings can be made online at www.charteredforesters.org/conference2014 and the Early Bird delegate rate is available until 31 January 2014.

Urban Forestry Plays Vital Role

Dr Mark Johnston MBE, Conference Chairman, said “Urban trees and forests are an essential part of our green infrastructure and play a vital role in promoting liveable and sustainable towns and cities. Following a highly competitive paper selection process, TPBEII will showcase ground-breaking research in this area, and demonstrate the numerous environmental, economic and social benefits of urban forestry.

“Not only will conference delegates hear first-hand the fantastic research that is going on in this area, but they also can also expect an exciting programme of speakers, with unrivalled networking opportunities.

“Following the success of the first Trees, People and the Built Environment in 2011, we have moved TPBEII to a new venue for 2014. We expect the event to be not only bigger, but even better for participants, and we encourage anyone interested in attending the event to book now to avoid disappointment.”

2014 Conference Speakers

Conference speakers include:

  • Sir Terry Farrell CBE, Leading UK Architect Planner
  • Professor Timothy Beatley, Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia
  • Professor Herbert Girardet, Co-Founder of World Future Council
  • Clive Anderson, President of the Woodland Trust (after-dinner speaker)

TPBE II Partners

TPBEII Conference Partners are: The Arboricultural Association, Ancient Tree Forum, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, Forest Research, Forestry Commission, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Institution of Civil Engineers, International Society of Arboriculture (UK & I Chapter), Landscape Institute, London Tree Officers Association, Municipal Tree Officers Association, Myerscough College, National Association of Tree Officers, Natural England, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Trees and Design Action Group, University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, Utility Arboriculture Group. Consultative supporters: English Heritage, Green Infrastructure Partnership, Royal Town Planning Institute.

To find out more about the conference and to book your place, visit www.charterforesters.org/conference2014 >>

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