The Tree Conference, which will be live streamed from the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury this Saturday (04 November), will invite tree lovers across the UK – and the world – to join a movement to plant trees, safeguard forests and save our ecosystems.
There’s mounting evidence of the considerable wellbeing benefits of trees and the crucial role they can play in reducing carbon emissions and averting climate change.
On 04 November, 130 tree lovers – including leading scientists, environmentalists and reforestation project leaders – will gather for a unique networking forum showcasing inspirational tree projects, organisations and artists.
Those who can’t make the event in person are invited to watch the day’s key talks and discussions free via Lifestream – click here to sign up.
Threats to our trees
Just 13% of the UK’s total land area – and 10% of England’s – is covered in trees. In contrast, the EU country average is about 35%.
The government’s pledge to plant 11 million trees by 2020 is reported to be falling short, adversely affecting the country’s economy and environment.
The Woodland Trust reports England is in danger of deforestation (cutting down more trees than it plants) and many experts believe the government’s long-term aim of increasing woodland cover to 12% in England by 2050 is in any case insufficient.
Elsewhere in the world many countries face deforestation, with illegal loggers representing a considerable threat. Last week, a group of indigenous leaders from Latin America and Indonesia demonstrated in London’s Parliament Square en route to COP23 in Bonn, urging the UK government to protect forest-dwellers defending rainforests from illicit loggers.
In Australia, lawyers are currently taking action to prevent a Victorian government-owned business from unlawfully clear-felling hundreds of hectares of pristine ancient forest.
‘It’s time to cease the destruction of our forests and remove the inhibitions and blocks at policy level around planting. There are so many different organisations and groups in the UK and across the globe working to plant trees that represent an infinite variety of different approaches – from scientists, conservationists and botanists to spiritual ecologists, tree huggers and indigenous rights activists. Ultimately we’re all working to prevent climate change and for the health and wellbeing of our planet and its people, plants and creatures.’
Organiser of The Tree Conference
Tickets to attend The Tree Conference cost £75, including buffet lunch. Click here to buy your tickets.
A limited number of Concession tickets can be purchased for £55 (with buffet lunch) – to apply contact [email protected]