Delegates of the Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference are being offered the chance to join a unique series of webinars before the event. These are addressing important topics that there is not time to cover in detail in the Conference programme.

There is no cost to Conference delegates, they do need to reserve a place in advance.  If you have not received the mailing with the registration passcode, contact us at conference@ecosystemsknowledge.net.

It is possible to secure a pass just for the four webinars (see below), but why not get the best value and join the conference too?

Webinar schedule

Recordings are being made available to conference delegates and webinar pass holders

Tree planting on farmland – key challenges for farmers

In achieving targets for woodland creation, we can expect woodland creation on current farmland. The decision to plant trees on previously productive farmland will be a difficult one for many farmers.  For some, tenants for example, it may be a choice that they are simply not empowered to make. This interactive webinar will look at the range of issues which will need to be considered if farmers’ decisions are to be well-informed. These include public liability, tax considerations, contractual questions, risk assessment, and stakeholder concerns. These will also be examined in the context of the current Agriculture Bill, for example its provision to enable farmers to convert annual payments in the post-Brexit transition period to a single capital payment. In this webinar, Charles Cowap, chartered surveyor, agricultural valuer and visiting professor at Harper Adams University was joined by Julie Robinson of Roy Thornes solicitors and Graham Clark, Woodland & Forestry Advisor at the CLA. This webinar took place on 20th March.

Tree Seeding – Exploring what we know about establishing woodlands by tree seeding

Tree seeding is the process of sowing tree seed by hand or machine directly onto a seedbed in the final growing position for woodland. It is also referred to as direct seeding and direct sowing. Although relatively scarce, the technique has been used for woodland establishment in the UK. It was the subject of a Forestry Commission practice guide in 2004. Join this webinar to learn what is known about the technique and to explore the potential for greater use in England in the context of current targets for woodland creation and discussions about re-wilding. Contributors include Jenny Phelps (FWAG South West), Ian Willoughby (Forest Research), Charlie Burrell (Knepp Castle Estate) and Joe Watson (Cotswold Estates and Gardens). This webinar took place on 19th March.

Tree seeding - Exploring what we know about establishing woodlands by tree seeding from Ecosystems Knowledge Network on Vimeo.

Grown in Britain Certification and the new Plant Healthy Assurance Scheme

Anyone involved with growing, trading or planting trees and shrubs needs to be aware of the new Plant Healthy Assurance Scheme being delivered by Grown in Britain and backed by Defra, RHS, HTA and the whole plant supply chain. The webinar will be presented by Alistair Yeomans of the Plant Health Alliance and Helen Bentley-Fox and Dougal Driver of Grown in Britain. This webinar took place on 17th March.


Achieving a climate imperative: the CCC’s analysis of UK forestry’s contribution towards net zero

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) provides independent advice to government on building a low-carbon economy and preparing for climate change. It’s latest land use report (January 2020) identifies the vital part that afforestation and agro-forestry will play in ensuring that the UK meets a net zero target by 2050. The role of woodland in climate adaptation is also recognised. The report identifies policies that the CCC believes are necessary to deliver at least 30,000 ha of new coniferous and broadleaf woodland per year between now and 2050. Join this webinar to hear about the CCC’s view on policy mechanisms to support the woodland creation challenge. It will be presented by Indra Thillainathan, who co-authored the latest CCC land use report, and Brendan Freeman, who works on adaptation at the CCC. This webinar took place on 18th March.

Recording to be available shortly.

How to access the webinar recordings

Once delegates have registered for the Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference, they will be sent a link to access the webinars at no cost. If you need a reminder, contact us at conference@ecosystemsknowledge.net