Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 (POSTPONED UNTIL FEB 2021)


As you will no doubt be aware, the UK and much of the world is currently experiencing a significant health crisis.

In light of recent advice from the government and WHO, the University of Birmingham has cancelled all events due to be held on their premises, including Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 which was due to be held next month. We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused but I’m sure you understand this decision – the well-being of our members, delegates and speakers must take priority.

The good news, however, is that we have a confirmed date for a rescheduled conference with renewed commitment from the Chair and many of our keynote speakers. The conference will now take place on the 3rd & 4th February 2021 at the University of Birmingham.

If you have already booked, you need take no further action – we’ll keep your reservation in place. If the proposed date is not suitable you will of course be entitled to a refund.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Trees, People and the Built Environment

Trees as Infrastructure

Every three years, the Institute of Chartered Foresters partners with academic institutions and chartered institutes to host an international cross-discipline conference on urban greenspace.

The conference – Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE) – provides a platform for the UK and international researchers and practitioners to showcase work in these areas and helps both built and natural environment professionals turn this research into action on the ground.

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Day 1 Themes

  • Green innovation in infrastructure
  • Tree value and natural capital

Day 2 Themes

  • Governance and planning
  • Collaboration is the key to achieving real change
  • #YourBigIdea – keep reading to find out about this session!

Conference Chair

Professor Cecil Konijnendijk

University of British Columbia

Keynote Speakers

Delegates will hear from influencers, both from the UK and overseas. Keynote speakers include:

Yvonne Lynch

Urban Greening Strategist, Royal Commission for Riyadh City


University of Exeter

Professor Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia

Nadinè Galle

Green City Watch

Sophie Nitoslawski




University of British Columbia


  • Professor Cecil Konijnendijk, Faculty of Forestry and Program Director for Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia
  • Professor Chris Rogers, Professor of Geo-technical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

Why Attend

  • To understand the benefits of trees in an urban environment
  • Network opportunities between relevant professionals
  • To be part of future collaboration on urban greening between built and natural environment professionals
  • The opportunity to challenge experts and be part of the discussion.
green infrastructure event

Networking Opportunities

Who Should Attend

  • Environmentalists
  • Surveyors
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Urban Designers
  • Planners
  • Town Planners
  • Architects
  • Academics
  • Arboriculturists
  • Tree Professionals

Meet #TPBE4 Conference Chair

Professor Cecil Konijnendijk

Professor Cecil Konijnendijk

The Institute is delighted to announce renowned expert on trees, greenspaces and public health in urban environments Professor Cecil Konijnendijk, Programme Director for Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, will be the #TPBE4 Conference Chair. Professor Konijnendijk is known throughout the world for his knowledge on the role of trees and greenspace in cities and towns.

He currently holds visiting professorships at three Chinese scholarly institutions. Professor Konijnendijk is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal ‘Urban Forestry and Urban Greening’ and editor of the Springer ‘Future City’ book series. He is a prolific writer and has co-authored books such as ‘Urban Forests and Trees’, ‘The City and the Forest: The cultural landscape of urban woodland’ and the ‘Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry’.

“Trees, People and the Built Environment has become one of the world’s leading events for those of us working with trees, forests, parks, and other vegetation in cities and towns. I am delighted to chair the fourth edition of this important conference.” – Professor Cecil Konijnendijk

About #YourBigIdea

The key to a successful conference is to create a genuine partnership between the speakers and delegates. #YourBigIdea encourages delegates to put forward their own big idea for change by creating an empowering framework for action. We want to take advantage of the resource of knowledgeable and informed delegates whose wisdom, if shared, can accumulate, evolve and develop. Hearing from delegates across the sector, can spark ideas that can be brought back to work, challenging decision-makers to translate these ideas into policy. The session will also help highlight the most important issues for natural and built environment professionals today.

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We are enormously grateful to our Headline Sponsors and their support to make TPBE4 a success:

Conference Sponsors

Trees, People and the Built Environment Conference Dinner at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

TPBE3 Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner

The #TPBE4 Conference Reception and Dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 22 April at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Don’t forget to add a dinner ticket when making your booking.

Delegate Information

Preferential accommodation rates, directions and other information can be accessed via our TPBE4 Delegate Information page.

Conference Partners

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

Conference Exhibitors









Promote Your Company

There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available at #TPBE4 contact Nathaniel Jackson, ICF Events Manager, to discuss your requirements:


For all enquiries about the conference, please contact the Institute on 0131 240 1425 or at

Further Information

Please note that this event has been postponed until February 2021. Tickets will be available shortly.

April 22, 2020 - April 23, 2020

Aston Webb Building ,
University of Birmingham ,
Birmingham B15 2TT

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