Accelerating Woodland Creation & Management

Taking place online 26th and 27th May 2021

We are currently arranging an exciting programme for this timely event. To register your interest visit our event webpages here

Driven by climate change mitigation concerns, government throughout the UK is seeking a significant acceleration in tree planting rates and an increase in woodland cover. The private sector and the third sector have also set out ambitious woodland creation goals, involving planting rates many times greater than those achieved in recent decades. Alongside the creation of new woodland, management is vital if we are to ensure that all the benefits are to be realised.

This timely conference will examine the ways in which bold ambitions and targets for tree planting and increased woodland cover can be met in England and Wales. The event will consider:

  • The developing business case for landowners and managers to become involved in woodland creation and management: grants, revenue and opportunity costs.
  • Innovations in new tree planting programmes.
  • Actions that will grow capability for woodland creation and management: nursery stock, biosecurity, skills and infrastructure.


This is an event for those whose work is focused on woodland and forestry, as well as those who aren't directly involved. Our 2020 conference (which moved online due to Covid-19) involved nearly 200 delegates, including land owners and managers in the public, private and third sectors, policy advisors, regulators, research providers and local authorities.


We are delighted that Strutt & Parker and John Clegg & Co have chosen to be joint Headline Sponsors for the Conference. We expect to announce other sponsors soon. See our sponsorship opportunities and get in touch to discuss how the Conference can add value to the work of your organisation.

Supporting partner

We are pleased to be working with Grown in Britain in the design and delivery of this event.


Our programme is currently in development, including a range of presentations, panel discussions and interviews. The opening session will be at 1 pm on 26th May, with the conference closing at 5 pm on 27th May. We welcome proposals for programme content. In designing the event, we are drawing on expertise in the public, private, third and academic sectors.  We seek to highlight the positive examples that chart a course towards fulfillment of the ambitions for planting, as well as showing how to harness the role of trees and wood in society over the long-term.

2020 event

See the programme for the inaugural event, held online in March 2020. The event was addressed by HM Government Minister Lord Goldsmith and Forestry Commission Chairman Sir William Worsley. Strutt & Parker and Grown in Britain were the Lead Partners. Forest Carbon and J & A Growers were our Conference Partners.

If you missed the inaugural Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference on 25th March 2020, remember that you can purchase access to the recorded videos and presentations from the day. Click here