Evolving the Forest

June 19-21 2019

 

 

 

      

Dartington Hall, Devon, England (TQ9 6EL)

incorporating the 2019 Annual Conference of the Royal Forestry Society
an art.earth™ Creative Summit

#forests100  |   #evolvingforest

A three-day international gathering bringing together creative thinkers and doers to explore the forest and how we live with trees. Evolving the Forest is convened by art.earth, the Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies.

 

Programme update

Programme update

The Organising Committee met as a programming group on December 10. We whittled the longlist of proposals down to a ... Read More
Where are we?

Where are we?

Dartington Hall is located in the southwest corner of England. More details here ... Read More
Call for participation now closed

Call for participation now closed

Many many thanks to all who sent in proposals before yesterday's deadline. The call for participation is now closed and ... Read More
Our sponsors

Our sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors All kinds of people and organisation are working together to make Evolving the Forest a reality ... Read More
Environmental impact

Environmental impact

We have many discussions about the environmental impact and carbon footprint of our events. Any international gathering such as this ... Read More
The opening day

The opening day

We can announce some details of the opening day of Evolving the Forest. The event begins at 15.45 on June ... Read More
Call for Participation

Call for Participation

Key DatesDeadline for proposals: 19 November 2018 (22.00 GMT)Registration opens: Early Bird tickets are available nowProgramme announced: 19 December 2018Early ... Read More

News & Information

Trees: a wood wide web

Trees: a wood wide web

On the very same day we held our Programming Meeting for Evolving the Forest, BBC Radio 4 featured a programme with ... Read More
Be a writer in the forest

Be a writer in the forest

from the Forestry Commission What do forests mean to you? If you're a writer with a passion for nature, we want to ... Read More
i-Tree and its benefits

i-Tree and its benefits

i-Tree and its BenefitsSeminar Series No. 68 7th November 2018, 9:30am-4:30pm The day will be free of charge, with breakfast ... Read More
Kathy Willis on 'The Life Scientific'

Kathy Willis on ‘The Life Scientific’

Our opening keynote speaker has previously been a guest on Jim Al-Khalili's 'The Life Scientific' on BBC Radio 4. Perhaps one ... Read More
Call for Participation

Call for Participation

Key DatesDeadline for proposals: 19 November 2018 (22.00 GMT)Registration opens: Early Bird tickets are available nowProgramme announced: 19 December 2018Early ... Read More
Organisers and Partners

Organisers and Partners

Symposium ConvenorsThe Royal Forestry Society (Simon Lloyd)Dr Richard Povall (art.earth)Jez Ralph (Timber Strategies) Academic PartnersSustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth UniversityUlsan National Institute ... Read More
Preliminary info & save the date

Preliminary info & save the date

For 2019 art.earth joins forces with the Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies to bring together the sharpest and most ... Read More

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”  — Herman Hesse

“…ecstasy swept over me as I heard my first blackbird singing” — Dorothy Elmhirst

They are the stuff of myth and fairy tale and fear and  power. We revere them for their age and beauty. We use them, climb them, , carve them, preserve them. We plant them. We grow them to build houses and make furniture. We bring them into our houses in celebration of festivals whose historic roots we have long forgotten, Poets write about them as they have done for centuries. For many, they are home.

Trees are perhaps the most ubiquitous objects in our lives. Despite the fact that some countries – like our own – are largely denuded of ancient forest, we still feel a powerful tug of something primitive as we look on a vast oak or a towering fir. We love the roll call of names even if many could not identify or perhaps have never seen their namesake.

Oak. Ash. Hawthorn. Holly. Alder. Beech. Birch. Elm. Hazel. Maple. Sycamore. Rowan. Yew.

This three-day symposium draws together a wide variety of voices to explore a heritage of woodland and forest and look to their future. In celebration of the Forestry Commission’s centenary it looks back at the last 100 years and looks forward to the next.  We draw on the wisdom of foresters, environmental managers, policy-makers, scientists and other experts; we hear the voices of artists, designers, writers, philosophers and others who wander and wonder in our varied British forests; and we learn from others around the world about their own cultural connections to trees, and the wood that produces some of the world’s most beautiful objects.

This symposium incorporates the annual conference of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and is their primary contribution to marking the Forestry Commission’s centenary. The event is produced by art.earth, renowned for their re-invention of the academic conference into something inclusive, collaborative, friendly, experiential and tactile.

There are nine broad themes:

  • Our historic relationship with trees and woodland
  • Landscape and the sublime forest
  • Land use, agroforestry and new approaches to cropping
  • Trees and woodland in society and as a source of health and wellbeing
  • Woodland habitat as a home to many
  • Artistic and literary responses
  • Climate change impacts
  • Wood as a material / contemporary timber-based design
  • How we live with trees, ethical approaches, and questions of sentience 

 

Evolving the Forest takes place on the Dartington Hall estate with the support of the Dartington Hall Trust.  The estate has a rich history of forestry and woodland planning over the past 100 years in parallel with the Forestry Commission but with divergent paths of public and private sector imperatives and so provides a thought-provoking setting for contemplating the past and future of UK forestry.

The event convenes at Dartington Hall (TQ9 6EL) mid-afternoon on June 19 2019, and ends around 16.00 on June 21. In addition to the main programme we will be offering a day-long ‘Future Forest’ workshop, and on the first evening, a gala celebration of 100 years of the Forestry Commission led by  Forestry Commission Chair, Sir Harry Studholme, an exhibition and other special events.

 

Keynote Speakers

Opening speaker: Prof. Kathy Willis, Principal St Edmund Hall, Univ. of Oxford and until recently Director of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew)
Thursday keynote: Prof Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language & Literature, Fellow of Somerville College

 

Featured Guests at opening night Gala

Sir Harry Studholme (Chair, Forestry Commission@ForestryCommEng
Rebecca Speight (CEO, Woodland Trust@WTBeccy
Piers Taylor (architect, broadcaster, academic) @Piers_Taylor

 

Key Dates

Deadline for proposals: 19 November 2018 DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED
Registration opens: Early Bird tickets are available now
Programme announced: 19 December 2018
Early Bird Registration closes: 19 February 2019

 

The official Centenary Celebration

The Forestry Commission has now launched their official centenary site. This will eventually contain their full programme of activity for the year #forests100. There is no direct connection between their programme and Evolving the Forest.

art.earth

Siobhan McDonald's exhibition ‘Crystalline - when plants remember’ exploring the origins of life and plants as a way to see clearly into the future. Remains open to January 9 @Dartington Space Gallery. Full details at bit.ly/2F0tc82 @culture_ireland @DartingtonArts pic.twitter.com/G9nk…

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What is biosecurity and what should all woodland owners and and users be doing . This @ForestryCommEng blog explains outofthewoodwork.blo… explains. pic.twitter.com/9gKC…

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Timber Strategies

RT @artdotearth Programme update - The Organising Committee met as a programming group on December 10. We whittled the longlist of proposals down to a near-final... Read more at evolvingtheforest.uk… @Dartington @royal_forestry @Timberstrategy pic.twitter.com/zMPF…

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