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Conference Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions

This year will see the return of our interactive workshop sessions, led by our speakers to bring you closer to the themes at the heart of the conference. Each afternoon delegates can select one of the following workshops:

Callum Throw

Callum Throw

Modern Arboriculture (in the AI Era): Beyond Touching Trees


How do we identify the next generation of arboriculturists, including those starting out in employment and those seeking a career change? How do we ensure that these professionals are representative of the communities in which they work? How do we encourage people to join the arboricultural sector, and then support them in developing their career over many years? In this workshop Michelle Ryan (Arboricultural Association and Transport for London) and Luke Fay (Treework Environmental Practice) will share some of our ongoing work and will invite delegates to contribute to this vital discussion.

Charles Mynors Liz Nicholls

Charles Mynors and Liz Nicolls

Trees and the law – Ignorance is no excuse


Charles and Liz will deliver a presentation highlighting some current topics, and delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion session.

Howard Booth

Howard Booth

BS 5837 - Revision to date and going forward


Workshop to provide an update on the revision of BS 5837. A presentation will outline the process with an insight in to feedback and areas of revision. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion session to contribute to the revision process.

Simon Richmond Emma Gilmartin Martin Dobson

Simon Richmond, Emma Gilmartin, Martin Dobson

Tree planting: More than just numbers


If you are considering applying to become a Registered Consultant with the Arboricultural Association, or if you would just like to find out more about how the Scheme works and why it is so important to our sector, then join the Association’s Senior Technical Officers Simon Richmond and Emma Gilmartin and Martin Dobson for an in-depth discussion.

Ted Green

Ted Green

An Audience with Ted Green


A chance to discuss trees and Teds inimitable views on their care and protection.

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Succession in Arboriculture


How do we identify the next generation of arboriculturists, including those starting out in employment and those seeking a career change? How do we ensure that these professionals are representative of the communities in which they work? How do we encourage people to join the arboricultural sector, and then support them in developing their career over many years? In this workshop Michelle Ryan will share some of her ongoing work and will invite delegates to contribute to this vital discussion.

Keith Sacre

Keith Sacre

Formative Pruning of Young Trees


Lotte Dijkstra

Lotte Dijkstra

Urban Forest Storytelling: Workshop Intersectional Belonging in Practice


For many humans, urban forests are nature close to home. For more-than-human beings, urban forests are home. At the same time, engagement with and access to urban forests and their countless benefits are unequal. Quantitative data show how human age, ethnicity, health, and deprivation influence levels of engagement with and time spent in nature. What we don’t know, however, is how intersecting identities impact perceived access to urban forests. Beyond availability and attractiveness, cultivating a sense of belonging seems to play a role in mitigating this unequal access. But what does it mean to belong in an urban forest place? Who belongs?

Arboriculturists are key players in facilitating contact between humans and trees in urban environments. Join this workshop on urban forest storytelling to explore your own understanding of urban forests, how our human and more-than-human stories overlap, and how these stories of lived experiences can help us work towards making urban forests more inclusive for all. The workshop concludes with a moment of story sharing, comparing experiences and taking note of emerging themes and applicable tools.

This workshop is part of ongoing PhD research by Lotte Dijkstra at Newcastle University, exploring the relation between senses of belonging and equitable access to urban forests. The resulting insights and methodology aim to contribute to the intersection of urban forestry, socio-environmental justice and multispecies community engagement and to support fair, healthy and resilient urban forest planning, design and management.

All workshops will run on Monday and Tuesday. Workshops will be run simultaneously, with delegates selecting one workshop each day. Like any conference programme, workshop speakers and content are subject to change. Certain workshops may have maximum numbers, in which case places will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Pre-booking workshops is not possible.