Barcham arboriculture conference to be "the biggest held in the UK"

Barcham Trees is to hold a conference which is claims will be the biggest arboriculture event of its kind held in the UK.

Barcham's Ely nursery. Image: Barcham Trees
Barcham's Ely nursery. Image: Barcham Trees
The Big Barn Conference to be held at its headquarters in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on 17 June 2015.  Event organiser Barcham sales director Keith Sacre said he expects 550 delegates to attend the free event to hear the views of international arboriculture experts.

Forestry Commission England’s principal advisor on arboriculture. Jim Smith will speak about the London i-Tree Project, Frederic Segur and Ian Sear will talk about tree management in Lyon, France and Melbourne, Australia, respectively and Dave Nowak of the USDA will speak about urban forest management, the importance of inventory and the role of i-Tree.

Mike Raupp from the University of Maryland, USA, will speak about pests and diseases, Henrik Sjoman from the University of Alnarp, Sweden and Nina Bassuk Cornell University, USA will talk about tree species selection, while Cecil Konijndijk van den Bosch University of Alnarp, Sweden will share his knowledge on Urban Forest Governance.

Dr Mark Johnston, a speaker on the history of urban forestry, who chaired the Trees, People and the Built Environment conference at Birmingham University last month, will also chair this event.

"We believe our 2015 Big Barn Conference will be the biggest arboricultural gathering of its kind ever held in the UK, and I am delighted we have nine speakers from three continents to make the day a truly international event," said Sacre.

Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 1 October and will include lunch and refreshments.


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