Evolving the Forest whole programme

Evolving the Forest

incorporating the 2019 Annual Conference of the Royal Forestry Society

#forests100  |   #evolvingtheforest

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 
and includes related events before and after the main symposium.


Pre-conference events

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
at Dartington Hall, Devon, England (TQ9 6EL)
10.00 – 15.00 Legacies of innovation: Dartington and Fingle, led by the Woodland Trust’s Rave Rickwood. BOOK HERE (£15)
10.30 – 13.00 Forest Bathing Sessions with the Nature & Wellbeing Collective BOOK HERE (£35)
13.30 – 15.00 Tours of the Agroforestry research site on the Dartington estate, led by Martin Crawford BOOK HERE (£10)

For more information about these pre-conference events visit the main programme page or the individual booking pages.

Main symposium (Evolving the Forest)

Wednesday June 19 (14.30) to Friday June 21 (15.30)
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Keynote Speakers

Opening keynote: Prof Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language & Literature, Fellow of Somerville College more info…
[a limited number of seats are available for non-delegates BOOK NOW]

The NDG James Memorial Lecture (Thursday): Prof. Kathy Willis CBE, Principal St Edmund Hall, Univ. of Oxford and until recently Director of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew)    more info…
[a limited number of seats are available for non-delegates BOOK NOW]


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
In the Chair: Gabriel Hemery @GabrielHemery

[a limited number of tickets are available to non-delegates BOOK HERE]


Symposium Convenors


Academic Partners

Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology, S. Korea (Science Walden project)


Organising committee

  • Simon Lloyd (Royal Forestry Society)
  • Prof Richard Povall (art.earth)
  • Clive Adams (Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World)
  • Jez Ralph (Timber Strategies)
  • Richard Lewis (Botanist)
  • John Channon (Estate Manager, Dartington Hall Trust)
  • Dr Freia Bladon (Editor, Journal of Forestry & Lecturer at Sparsholt College)
  • Dr Camilla Nelson (artist and independent researcher)
  • Mark Prior (Forestry Commission)


Short Course: Branching Out: collaborations with trees

Friday June 21 to Monday June 24

Led by artists Camilla Nelson and Alex Metcalf, Branching Out: Collaborations with Trees explores sound, movement, mark- and language-making exercises with trees to open new dimensions in your creative practice.

Read more… Evolving the Forest delegates receive a 10% discount. Contact us for details.