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Sustaining with Street Trees (An online panel discussion)

12th March, 18:30 - 20:00

Sustaining with Street Trees (An online panel discussion)

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Over 80% of the population of Britain lives in an urban area. By 2030 the climate of London will be similar to that of Barcelona. How can we think about greening our city in the face of the challenges ahead? And how do we centre care and equity for our human and non-human neighbours while we do so?


In this round table discussion on the role of planting street trees to address the climate crises, we will be introduced to how community organisations and local governments in London are approaching street tree projects. We will touch on issues including the role of community involvement; tree selection and whether to plant with native or non-native species; the ecology of exotic species and the relationship between green infrastructure and gentrification.


Come to meet some of those involved in tree planting projects in London and join our discussion on some of the issues concerned with the planning and implementation of planting street trees in urban areas.



Oli Back is Head of Operations for Lewisham-based charity Street Trees for Living. Project coordinator for the schools’ programme outside of Lewisham, he also supports the organisation internally and operationally and is taking on a more senior role in leading the project in new directions.



Poppy George has been gardening with the residents of Lambeth for many years, helping to create and sustain community gardens on housing estates and in schools. With others she helped to set up Rosendale Gardens Community Orchard, has worked with Incredible Edible Lambeth, and now works with Lambeth Parks and is involved with their new Urban Forest Strategy.



Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced and internationally respected botanist. His expertise covers many disciplines including forensic botany, the plants of North-west Europe, invasive species and the history of botanical science. He works globally as a writer, public speaker and television presenter, whilst also advising the SLBI as a member of their Science Advisory Group.



Russell Miller is an arboriculture and ecological consultant. He has over twenty years’ experience in leading guided tree and nature walks, and in working with the community and managing volunteers. In addition to teaching on urban ecology, orchards, veteran trees and tree health, he has previously chaired the Ancient Tree Forum, and co-founded and run both Hackney’s Tree Musketeers and Sustainable Hackney.


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