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Welcome & opening remarks

Remarks from the Session 1 Chairperson: Jo O'Hara (Director, FutureArk Ltd)
Opening address: Richard Greenhous (Director of Forest Services, Forestry Commission England)

Session 1. Woodland creation: finance and the business case

Keynote: John Lockhart (Chairman, Lockhart Garratt). The business of accelerating woodland creation
Keynote: James Cameron (Founder of James Cameron & Co, Senior Advisor to Pollination & Chairman, ODI). Connecting law, policy and finance for woodland creation and nature based solutions.

Keynote to be available as a pre-recording: Gwen Yu (Head of Engagement Transformation, BNP Paribas). Scaling-up blended finance for woodland creation.

Panel discussion: Building confidence in the business of woodland creation

  • John Tucker (Director of Woodland Creation, Woodland Trust)
  • Susan Twining (Chief Land Use Policy Officer, CLA)
  • Jon Lambert (Senior Director, John Clegg & Co)
  • James Hepburne Scott (Co-founder & Director, Forest Carbon)

Session 2. Woodland in and around urban centres

Chair: David Elliott (Chief Executive, Trees for Cities)

  • Clare Olver (Mersey Forest / England's Community Forests)
  • John Deakin (Head of Trees and Woodlands, The National Trust)
  • Richard Blyth (Head of Policy, RTPI)

Address by Rt. Hon. Lord Goldsmith

Session 3. National capability for accelerating woodland creation & management

Chairperson: Dougal Driver (Chief Executive, Grown in Britain)

Presentation: Caroline Ayre (National Manager for England, Confor - the Confederation of Forest Industries)

Panel discussion including:

  • Jamie Dewhurst (Owner, J. & A. Growers)
  • Simon Lloyd (Chief Executive, Royal Forestry Society)
  • Tom Barnes (Managing Director, Vastern Timber)
  • Alex Mackinnon (Forest Manager, Tillhill)

Address by Sir William Worsley, Forestry Commission Chairman

Session 4. Accelerating Woodland Creation - A Blueprint for Action

Panel discussion:

  • Jeremy Moody (Secretary & Adviser, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers)
  • James Simpson (Director of Land and Forestry, Forestry England)
  • Victoria Vyvyan (estate owner & Vice President, CLA)
  • Jamie Gordon (Chief Adviser for Forests, WWF UK)