BGEN 2015 Conference: 4–6 Nov 2015 at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

bgen conference 2015 Acer p matsumurae (c) Tony HowellJoin us at Westonbirt National Arboretum for three packed days of engaging debate, fun hands-on workshops and professional networking.

Unsurprisingly, this year’s conference sets out to explore what trees mean to people and how we, as education and environmental  professionals, can make the most of this special relationship. As well as delving into the past we’ll be looking into the future of our trees and woodlands and what this might mean for society.

Conference programme

We have a packed programme led by over 25 tree and education specialists  bringing a wealth of experience from the National Arboretum, botanic gardens, woodland projects and education initiatives across the UK.

Through workshops, walks and talks, you will have the opportunity to discover how a focus on trees can help you engage with different audiences. Find new creative ideas and  resources available through hands on taster sessions and our ever-popular ‘speed making’.

Workshops include:
  •  Medicine from Trees, run by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Changing climate and tree pests and diseases, run by Forest Research
  • Developing apps for a youth audience, run by Westonbirt National Arboretum and Airsource
  • Tree folklore and storytelling, run by Creeping Toad
  • Engaging people with tree seeds, run by  UK National Tree Seed Project and Royal Botanic Garden Kew /Wakehurst Place
  • Heritage trees: memories and mapping, run by Red Rose Forest
  • Forest School for pre-schoolers, run by Woodland Adventures
  • Setting up citizen science programmes, run by Woodland Trust, Forest Research and University of Edinburgh
  • Developing community roots, run by BGCI and Poppy Szaybo

There will also be some woody wind-down activities on Wednesday with a range of taster activities used in community programmes as wind down after a busy day:
– Playing with fire
– Chewing on trees tasting session
– Night walk with spooky tree tales
– TREE- mendous activities  word play and trees

The Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday 5th at Egypt Mill in Nailsworth and free transport will be provided from Stroud.

View the full programme: bgen Time for Trees Annual Conference 2015 Programme

A special place for our conference

We have timed the conference so that the trees at Westonbirt will be in full autumn colour, providing us with an inspiring backdrop to our activities! Find out more about Westonbirt, The National Arboretum here

Booking information

Conference prices

Includes conference material, tour of Westonbirt,  lunch and daytime refreshments, free transport to and from Westonbirt to accommodation in Stroud, Conference Dinner, booking fee but NOT accommodation:

£260 bgen Member (earlybird, book by 11th September); £285 bgen Member (after 11th September); £310 Non Member (includes 1 years bgen membership); £125 day rate for 4th or 5th November.

Online booking

Online booking is now available at Brown Paper Tickets . This gives you the opportunity to pay quickly and simply by Credit Card. However, if you are unable to pay by card and would like to be invoiced for your place, simply type in ARBORETUM to the ‘Enter a password or discount code’ section and this will reveal a new set of £0 priced ticket options for you to choose from.


Accommodation is available at the nearby market town of Stroud, which is easily accessible by train. Coach transport will be provided free of charge from accommodation in Stroud to and from Westonbirt each day and to Nailsworth for the Conference Dinner. We have special bgen rates agreed at two hotels in Stroud, for more information about accommodation click here


If you have any questions about the Conference, please do contact Suzanne Dampney, bgen Co-ordinator


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