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Programme Launched for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

International Urban Trees Conference Programme Announced

With urban forestry high on the political and social agenda, the programme for the UK’s foremost international urban trees research conference has been announced, highlighting the critical importance of creating resilient towns and cities with innovative green infrastructure solutions.

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Almost 100 papers were submitted to the Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 conference from esteemed academics and acclaimed practitioners from around the globe.

Russell Horsey MICFor, #TPBE4 Programme Co-ordinator said, “Due to the quality of submissions, the #TPBE4 Conference Steering Group had an extremely difficult task selecting the final papers to complete the programme for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4. Nonetheless, the final programme will address the conference’s main theme of ‘Trees as infrastructure’ and ensure the UK’s foremost international urban trees research conference is a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in urban forestry and green infrastructure.”

More than 50% of the world’s population now live in cities which are exposed to a host of challenges that those who design and plan for the future need to take on board. Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 addresses how urban forestry is integral to the development of towns and cities as places where people want to live, work and play and how the use of trees can bring wellbeing benefits and help to reduce the urban carbon footprint.

The invited speakers will join three renowned experts and keynote speakers:

Yvonne Lynch

Yvonne Lynch

  • Yvonne Lynch, a climate resilience strategist who advises governments internationally on urban greening, will talk about shifting perspectives on urban design and planning away from the traditional approaches that have dominated for over a century and how to move them towards a nature-sensitive urban design model.
  • Ian Bateman, Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter Business School, will give an overview of the natural capital approach to decision making and how it is the ideal framework for capturing the multitude of values generated by trees and woodland.
  • Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia is a renowned biologist known for her pioneering research on symbiotic plant communications and complex networks. Professor Simard has appeared on three TED Talks and the Dorcon Film documentary, Intelligent Trees, where she appears alongside forester and author Peter Wohlleben.

The conference at the University of Birmingham takes place on 22 and 23 of April 2020 and is an important academic gathering for professionals from across the world in a range of disciplines in both social and natural sciences.

#TPBE4 is hosted and organised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) on behalf of a group of partner organisations.

Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, welcomed the opportunity for collaboration with such a wide range of natural and built environment organisations;

Russell Horsey MICFor

Russell Horsey MICFor

“The Institute of Chartered Foresters is immensely proud to host and organise the Trees, People and the Built Environment conference series on behalf of the conference partners. The event is a unique opportunity for professionals from across the natural and built environment sectors to meet and collaborate on the important issue of urban greening and it is imperative that we provide opportunities such as this for joined-up thinking across professions.”

Early bird tickets are available and it is advisable to make the most of this offer, which affords a £66.00 discount on full-price two-day tickets. Early bird booking ends 1 December 2019. For further information and booking visit:

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29 October 2019                                                                              



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The Conference Steering Group comprises:

  • Jeremy Barrell FICFor, Managing Director of Barrell Tree Consultancy
  • Dr Emma Ferranti, Research Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Russell Horsey MICFor, #TPBE4 Programme Co-ordinator
  • Sue James RIBA, Convenor of Trees and Design Action Group
  • Professor Chris Rogers CEng, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Birmingham and Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Innovation and Research Panel and Futures Group
  • Professor Alister Scott, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Northumbria
  • Professor Alan Simson CMLI, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry, Leeds Beckett University
  • Kieron Doick, Forest Research

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is incorporated by Royal Charter as the only professional body in the UK to award Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist statuses. It was founded in 1925 at the Society of Foresters of Great Britain, became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1982, becoming the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

The Institute’s objectives are the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice and understanding of all aspects of forestry and arboriculture, the protection of the public interest and the promotion of the professional status of Foresters and Arboriculturists in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Now approaching its 100th anniversary, the Institute has undertaken its remit with a determination to support the tree management professions while promoting the proper care and management of forests, woodlands and trees throughout the UK.

Ian Bateman

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