In this, the first of our new series of online monthly events we are running a 1.5 hour live-streamed session on Saturday 2nd May (12.00-13.30). Our focus will be on what supports both trees and ourselves to root deeply in these challenging times.
Suzi Steer, Organiser of the Tree Conference, will be interviewing frontier spokespeople for UK’s roots:
Author of twelve books exploring ways to deepen our relationship with the Earth, working with native plants and trees.
This lively discussion will explore how we can work with trees to root deeply into the Earth, and also resource ourselves when confined away from green spaces. The interview will also look at our relationships with different native tree species and at what ecosystems need to ensure trees can be root well. Do land-care choices that support the deep rooting of trees, shrubs and grasses indicate how to manage landscapes for the future?
Biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures
Merlin has been breaking new ground with his research into fungi, the wood-wide web and perspective of looking at the world from a fungal point of view. His new book Entangled Life, will be published on 12 May bringing mind-blowing research and a radical vision of the future.
Martha will round off the broadcast with a song for your hearts to set you up for a wonderful Saturday afternoon.
We look forward to many of you joining the live-stream on Saturday 2 May, or enjoying the replay if you can’t make it.
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A Personal Message from the Tree Conference
This is such a huge time for everyone and while we’re managing insane levels of change we still have all the same concerns and loves for the future of trees and resilient communities. Yet adapting and re-calibrating to the pace of change at the moment is really taking its toll on a lot of people.
We send so much love, appreciation and respect to all front-line workers, medics, care-home workers, teachers, social services, emergency services, prisons, food distributors, parents in the front-line at home, teenagers struggling to make sense of the world, people dealing with the effects of being alone, and people dealing with the challenge of living in such close quarters with other people.
In normal times the Tree Conference’s aims are:
1) Halting the destruction of old growth forests and protecting the health of existing trees.
2) Promoting citizen-led reforestation and ecosystem restoration globally.
3) Lifting up the amazing properties of tree ecosystems in education, the media and in various communications to the general public.
We’ve changed the format of the Tree Conference to meet the needs of an online audience at home. We will continue these shorter monthly broadcasts until it’s time to meet in person again.
We have been careful to select content that supports the core focus of resourcing ourselves and nature at this time. We will continue to pay careful attention to your needs with regards to our content, messaging and what you’d like to hear about in future broadcasts. There’s so much more we’d love to cover relating to both our global situation as well as what’s happening in the UK. In the coming weeks and months, we will bring in speakers and hear about projects with a power and strength to generate change. We are committed to bringing about the world we wish to see for all our children.
For the time being we’re following our sense that what we all need right now is to feel deeply connected and nourished within our global community, from home. From here we will all be better placed to connect with what we want to create when we come out of this time of crisis.
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