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Evolving the forest

19 June 2019 - 21 June 2019

This three-day symposium draws together a wide variety of voices to explore a heritage of woodland and forest and look to their future. In celebration of the Forestry Commission’s centenary it looks back at the last 100 years and looks forward to the next. We draw on the wisdom of foresters, environmental managers, policy-makers, scientists and other experts; we hear the voices of artists, designers, writers, philosophers and others who wander and wonder in our varied British forests; and we learn from others around the world about their own cultural connections to trees, and the wood that produces some of the world’s most beautiful objects.

This symposium incorporates the annual conference of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and is their primary contribution to marking the Forestry Commission’s centenary. The event is produced by art.earth, renowned for their re-invention of the academic conference into something inclusive, collaborative, friendly, experiential and tactile.

There are nine broad themes:

Our historic relationship with trees and woodland
Landscape and the sublime forest
Land use, agroforestry and new approaches to cropping
Trees and woodland in society and as a source of health and wellbeing
Woodland habitat as a home to many
Artistic and literary responses
Climate change impacts
Wood as a material / contemporary timber-based design
How we live with trees, ethical approaches, and questions of sentience


19 June 2019
21 June 2019
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