bgen Conference ‘Time for Trees’ Proceedings 2015

Over 75 delegates, workshop leaders and volunteers converged on Westonbirt National Arboretum in November 2015 for three packed days of engaging debate,  hands-on workshops and professional networking.

Unsurprisingly, this year’s bgen conference  was all about the majesty of trees and set out to explore what they mean to people and how we, as professionals, can make the most of this special relationship. As well as delving into the past we looked into the future of our trees and woodlands and what this might mean for society.

Whether you were able to join us or not, we hope that the presentation, hand-outs and synopsis of each session will be of use to you, helping to you make more ‘time for trees’ in your work. A fantastic selection of photos from the Conference, thanks to Graham Anstey, can be found on the bgen Flickr page.

Day 1 (click here for more information)

  • Welcome to Conference and Westonbirt National Arboretum
    Kate Measures, bgen Chair and Andrew Smith, Director of Westonbirt
  • Themed tours of Westonbirt, led by staff and volunteers
  • Tree folklore
  • Incorporating Mindfulness
  • Bringing trees into the secondary curriculum
  • Woody wind-down!
  • bgen Annual General Meeting and members news

Day 2  (click here for more information)

  • Panel discussion –What is woodland culture and what do we, as educators, need to do to support it?
  • Heritage trees: memories and mapping:
  • The changing climate and tree pests and diseases – what do they mean for our trees and woodlands?
  • Medicine from Trees
  • Autumn Speed Making session
  • Urban orchards
  • Developing apps for a youth audience
  • Setting up citizen science programmes
  • Open the gate – collaboration to widen access

Day 3  (click here for more information)

  • Forest School for pre-schoolers
  • Collecting and using tree seed
  • Developing apps for a youth audience
  • Open the gate – collaboration to widen access

Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at Westonbirt National Arboretum for all their hard work and enthusiasm in hosting the conference. We are also very grateful to the many workshop leaders and speakers for their time in planning and delivering such useful and stimulating sessions. We would also like to thank the Grow Wild team for their seed kits.

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