Monday 7 September

18:00-20:00 Registration and welcome reception at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.


Tuesday 8 September

am Public benefits

Forests, woodlands and trees provide a wide range of cultural, provisioning, regulating and biodiversity benefits, but evidence and understanding is complex and incomplete, and practical planning and ecosystem services-based management approaches are new. This symposium will demonstrate emerging models, evidence and practical case-studies that illustrate how the ecosystem services framework can support landscape and forestry decisions.   

pm Restoring, planting and connecting

It is now a decade since the publication of the Lawton review put the landscape ecology principles of ‘bigger, better, and more joined up’ into the limelight. This symposium will present exemplary initiatives putting these principles in practice, along with new research that can support restoring, planting and connecting forests, woodlands and trees.


Wednesday 9 September

am Trees and hedgerows

Outside forests and woodlands – in both rural and urban landscapes ­– trees and hedgerows provide important ecological habitats and play a crucial role within ecological networks. This symposium will highlight the ecological and socio-cultural importance of trees and hedgerows, bringing together both urban landscape ecology and the more traditional focus on rural landscapes.

pm Ecological resilience

Forests, woodlands and trees face a diverse and often inter-related set of pressures including climate change, invasive species, herbivore damage, pests and diseases. This symposium will present new understanding of these impacts and strategies to increase resilience in a range of settings, including native and productive forests. 


Thursday 10 September

Two field trips are offered to provide on the ground experience of issues discussed during the conference:

  1. A full day field trip (return to Waverley Station at 6pm)
  2. A half-day local field trip in urban Edinburgh (return to Waverley Station at 2pm)

More details about the field trips will be available soon.