Trees and Wellbeing Conference - Past, Present and Future

Trees and Wellbeing: Past, Present and Future Draft Programme

10.00 arrival and coffee
10.30 Welcome and introduction
Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art, Oxford Brookes University

10.40 “Can a dose of nature become standard prescription for a mental health problem?”
Dan Bloomfield, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Environment and Health, University of Exeter

11.00 “Lord Hunsdon’s Balm: Real and Magical Properties of Trees”
Mark Griffiths, Editor, The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening

11.20 Questions

11.30 Coffee break

12.10 “Reviving a Wood Culture”
Gabriel Hemery, co-founder, Sylva Foundation

12.30 “Paul Nash: an Avant-garde Artist and his Love of Trees”
David Boyd Haycock, freelance writer

12.50 Questions

1.00 Lunch

2.00 “Trees and Education”
Sally York, Education Policy Advisor, Forestry Commission Scotland

2.20 “Trees, Woods and Wellbeing for Under-represented Groups”
Liz O’Brien, Head of Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research

2.40 Questions

2.50 “Valuing Forests for People and Communities”
Alice Mayne, Head of Recreation and Visitor Experience, Forest Enterprise England

3.10 “Trees and writers”
Simon Kövesi, Professor of English Literature, Oxford Brookes University, in conversation with Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

3.40 Questions

3.50 Tea break

4.30 Round Table, chaired by Fiona Stafford
Kate Sheldon, Development Director, Trees for Cities
Sarah Dandy, Programme Lead, NHS Forest
Ray Hawes, Head of Trees and Woodland Conservation, National Trust

5.40 Closing Remarks
Kaye Brennan, Lead Campaigner: Policy and Advocacy, Woodland Trust

6.00 wine reception