Event details

Find out all about how to care for trees, both professionally and at home.

A brand-new event highlighting the importance of looking after trees by showcasing arboriculture as an important, exciting, and diverse profession.

This two-day event will feature a series of speakers and outdoor activities to tackle some of the topics facing the tree care profession.

Discover what it's like being an arborist and join talks with featured speakers from all areas of arboriculture on a range of exciting topics such as pests and diseases, climate change, health and wellbeing with trees and learn all about ancient trees. Get stuck into some interactive activities from a tree planting masterclass to climbing demonstrations and how to care for young trees.

With a particular focus on getting children interested in arboriculture careers, whether you’re already a professional or are a tree enthusiast, there will be something to spark everyone’s interest!

Free Kid’s Tree Climbing - Saturday only

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company believe that recreational tree climbing is not just for kids, it’s for people of all ages (As long as you are older than 6!) and fitness levels. We want to create adventure for all. Get strapped in and join us on the Downs from 10am - 5pm. No booking required - free after admission. 

Meet the Tree Care Forum speakers

Friday 20 May timetable

TimePresentationSpeaker
10am - 10.10am Introduction and welcomeJohn Parker
10.10am - 10.30am What is a tree surgeon?Navin Sehmi
10.30am - 10.50amArboreta and Tree ConservationDan Crowley
10.50am - 11.10amTree Cover - where you live and why careKieron Doick
11.10am - 11.30amQuestionsJohn Parker
11.30am - 12.15pmTree Care Guided WalkVolunteer Guides
12.00pm - 12.20pmLove your Trees!Catherine Nuttgens
12.20pm - 12.40pmTrees for the FutureTony Kirkham
12.40pm - 1.00pmWhat is a tree consultant?Jeremy Barrell
1.00pm - 1.20pmWhat’s hitchhiking on you?Becki Gawthorpe
1.20pm - 1.30pmQuestionsJohn Parker
1.30pm - 2.30pmLunch 
2pm - 5pm Workshops and activitiesVarious
2.30pm - 3.30pmDisappearing Trees Guided WalkDan Crowley 
2.30pm - 4pmWell-being activity, mindful photography taster & craft activityKaren Price
3.30pm - 4.15pm Tree Care Guided WalkVolunteer Guides

Friday Activities, from 10am 

  • Meet the machines - near main marquee
  • Dendrologist science activity - stand near main marquee
  • Curator activity - Savill Glade
  • Meet the Propagator - Propagation unit

Saturday 21 May timetable

TimePresentation Speaker
10am - 10.10am Introduction and welcomeJohn Parker
10.10am - 10.30amBats and treesJim Mullholland
10.30am - 10.50amLiving LegendsEmma Gilmartin
10.50am - 11.10amLocal Authority Tree Officer rolesAndy Tipping
11.10am - 11.30amQuestionsJohn Parker
11.30am - 12.15pmTree Care Guided WalkVolunteer Guides
12pm - 12.20pmTree growing and nursery production methodsDavid Johnson
12.20pm - 12.40pmTrees and their fungus partnersLynne Boddy
12.40pm - 1pmThe Plant Healthy Certification SchemeDougal Driver
1pm - 1.20pmTo be confirmed-
1.20pm - 1.30pmQuestionsJohn Parker
1.30pm - 2.30pmLunch 
2pm - 5pm Workshops and activitiesVarious
2.30pm - 3.30pmDisappearing Trees Guided WalkDan Crowley
3.30pm - 4.15pm Tree Care guided WalkVolunteer Guides

Saturday Activities, from 10am 

  • Free children's tree climbing on the Downs
  • Meet the machines - near main marquee
  • Dendrologist science activity - stand near main marquee