Landscapes Futures Event, Edinburgh – 15th October 2014

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Creating Resilient Landscapes of the Future – Considering the Current Issues of Tree Health

Wednesday, 15th October 2014 1.00 – 6.00pm

Biosphere Zone of Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Students £5.00

Members £10.00.

Please follow the link below to register.

We hope you can join us for this half day conference at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh as part of the UK wide series of Landscape Futures events, on this important topic.

More about the speakers:

Clayden Hugh2010SH_ReducedHugh Clayden

Head of Tree Health Forestry Commission Scotland

Hugh Clayden has been Forestry Commission Scotland’s (FCS) full time Tree Health Policy Adviser since May 2011.

Prior to that he worked as FCS’s policy adviser for Sustainable Forest Management, this including  development of the Scottish Forestry Strategy, the Commission’s Climate Change Action Plan and the Scottish Government’s policy on control of woodland removal.

Before transferring to the FCS National Office he was the Forest District Manager of the Cowal and Trossachs Forest District (1992 – 2005), this following several operational roles in the Forestry Commission in Scotland, Wales and England after beginning his forestry career as a trainee in 1978.




Alison HesterProfessor Alison Hester

Head of the Safeguarding Natural Capital Theme, one of the James Hutton Institute’s six Research Themes.

Alison’s own research interests and experience lie in applied biodiversity research, with a particular focus on plant:herbivore interactions and vegetation dynamics (particularly in forest/ upland systems), conservation and range management. She has extensive practical experience in the logistics of international research, for example, negotiating, establishing and servicing experimental sites in remote areas, community based management of natural resources, stakeholder consultations, multi-national workshops and policy communications.

Alison is skilled in science communication and networking, national and international project management. In recent years she has taken a lead role in bringing together and managing diverse teams of scientists in the highly interdisciplinary area of biodiversity-related research, for example leading the Scottish Government-funded five-year Workpackage on “Management of Biodiversity Change” 2006-2011 and the “Ecosystem Services” research programme, 2011-2016. She is an active council member of the European biodiversity network: ALTER-Net, and is involved in a range of other global initiatives. Alison is a fellow of the Society of Biology and serves on a range of other Committees, Boards of Management and Steering Groups. She is an experienced facilitator, supervisor, trainer and external examiner.


Duncan StoneDuncan Stone

A senior forest and woodland specialist with Scottish Natural Heritage, based in Inverness. After a Forestry degree at Aberdeen University Duncan worked in the paper industry and commercial forestry for 5 years, before moving into conservation in the Highlands of Scotland.  His role within SNH combines scientific advice, research commissioning, policy and management role, with significant elements of deer management, land use planning, and landscape and woodland ecology. In 2012-2013 he took up a Charles Bullard research fellowship at Harvard University to study the adaptation and transformation of conservation woodlands in the face of environmental change and tree health impacts – and these issues continue to form a substantial part of his work within SNH.



SimonBellSimon Bell

Simon Bell is a forester and landscape architect who spent 20 years in the Forestry Commission designing forests and teaching others how to do so as well as writing guidance and overseeing research before going into academia at the turn of the century. Currently dividing his time between Edinburgh University – as a director of the OPENspace research centre – and Estonia – where he is professor of landscape architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences – he also does some forest design consultancy. He is currently president of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). He is also widely published and involved in many international research projects.

The Conference is organised by Landscape Institute Scotland and supported by Forestry Commission Scotland 


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