Provisional Programme

9 am Welcome & opening remarks

  • Opening address – to be confirmed

9:30 am Session 1. Woodland creation: finance and the business case

  • Keynote: John Lockhart (Chairman, Lockhart Garratt). The business of accelerating woodland creation
  • Keynote: Gwen Yu (Head of Engagement Transformation, BNP Paribas). Title TBC. Scaling-up blended finance for woodland creation

10:40 Refreshment break

11:20 Panel: 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)

12.10 pm Session 2. Woodland in and around urban centres

Chair TBC. In conversation with:

  • Jessica Thompson (Director, Manchester City of Trees)
  • John Deakin (Head of Trees and Woodlands, The National Trust)

12:50 pm Lunch

1:50 Session 3. National capability for accelerating woodland creation & management

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

  • Presentation: Andrew Heald (Technical Director, Confor)

Panel discussion including:

  • Jamie Dewhurst (Owner, J.A. Growers)
  • Clare Olver (The Mersey Forest & England's Community Forests)
  • Others TBC

3:20 pm Refreshment break

3.50 pm VIP address – HM Government perspective

4.10 pm Session 4. Conclusions on accelerating tree planting and woodland creation

Chairperson TBC. Panel discussion including: 

  • Jeremy Moody (Secretary and Adviser, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers)
  • James Simpson (Director of Land and Forestry, Forestry England)
  • Forest management business (TBC)

4.50 pm   Chairperson’s Closing remarks

5 pm Close

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