Peatlands SIG: Wood Meadows and Pastures
This is an international, cross-disciplinary event to examined treed landscapes, past, present and future.
This landmark event comes at a time of colossal challenges for nature conservation – globalisation, climate change, and economic austerity just a few of the issues. As a part of the overview of the themes of the conference, Ian Rotherham will review ideas stimulated by the works of Frans Vera, the late Oliver Rackham, and George Peterken in driving forwards understanding of ‘Woods’, ‘Wood Meadows’ and ‘Wood Pastures’ in landscape evolution. This includes emerging work on ‘Shadow Woods’.
The 2-day conference organised with the Forest Ecology Special Interest Group by SYBRG at Sheffield Hallam University was proposed by eminent international writer and scholar and key-note speaker, Professor George Peterken. It will celebrate his ground breaking book ‘Meadows’, and address the history and ecology of wood meadows and pastures, their conservation and the potential for re-creation of new areas. Other keynotes include Professor Chris Baines on making and managing meadows. With a rich and diverse programme on topics in Britain and from around Europe, speakers include Ted Green, Stuart Wrathmell, Della Hooke, Simay Kirca, Alper Colak, David Lovelace, Fergus Garrett, Simon Barker, Ian Carter, Jamie Simpson, Luke Barley, Suzanne Perry, Jim McAdam, Rosalind Forbes-Adams, Linden Hawthorne, Jon Webb, Laurence Rose, and others.
We consider issues around the legacy of veteran trees in these habitats and the management of younger trees to create future ‘veterans’. Whilst focusing on the UK, there will be speakers from other European countries with different traditions of management. The event supported by the RSPB, Ancient Tree Forum, Woodland Trust and Hagge Woods Trust brings together ecologists, landscape historians, land managers and conservationists, with a field visit, poster presentations, and displays. This is part of our programme ‘Wilder Visions – re-constructing nature for the 21st century’ now running over the next few years leading to a landmark conference in 2019.