We are delighted to announce that following our seminar with George Monbiot in July 2013, Professor Ian Rotherham and colleagues have taken up this hot debate; they’ve organised a 2-day seminar Wilder by Design 2014 (link to provisional programme opens as PDF) on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th May 2014 at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Critical issues on the agenda which they plan to explore include:
- wilding and or re-wilding,
- landscape and ecological history,
- nature and heritage conservation and
- impacts of current trends and major socio-economic changes
With a UK focus, this 2-day seminar addresses issues of funding, of skills, of best practice and of awareness in order to consider how conservation writ broad can respond to challenges of environmental change, of climate change, and of a radically altered public sector and political climate. It will set the scene for an international conference on a similar theme in September 2015.
Speakers for this important and influential programme include:
- Peter Taylor, Ken Smith (PDNPA), Professor Chris Thomas (University of York),
- Dr Steve Carver (WRI, University of Leeds),
- Dr Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford.),
- Dr Jan Woudstra (University of Sheffield),
- Sir Charles Burrell Bt. (Knepp Estate),
- Richard Scott (Landlife),
- Ted Green MBE (Ancient Tree Forum),
- Dr Lois Mansfield (University of Cumbria),
- Professor Ian Rotherham (SHU) and Natural England.
The seminar includes a field visit to Blackamoor on Thursday 15th May from 16.30 – 19.30 and concludes on Friday 16th May with an expert panel session.
Sponsored and supported by: BES, IPS, IUFRO, ESEH, Sheffield Hallam University, the Ancient Tree Forum, Landscape Conservation Forum, Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum and JBA Consulting.
Places are limited and pre-booking is essential. More information and a booking form can be found at http://www.ukeconet.org/event/wilder-by-design/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0114 2724227