Woodland professionals from the Forestry Commission, Defra, the Woodland Trust, and Community Forests such as the Red Rose Forest, the Forest of Marston Vale and The Mersey Forest descended on Birmingham for a day of presentations and workshops.
Key themes of this year's conference included the urban forest with the launch of Vision for a Resilient Urban Forest by the Urban Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee by Jane Carlsen, chair.
We also looked at professionalism in community forestry, with Institute of Chartered Foresters' Chief Executive Shireen Chambers.
Speakers included Professor Rob MacKenzie from the University of Birmingham asking whether trees really help to clean the air in our towns and cities and Mike Norbury from Cheshire West and Chester Council on the role that trees play in Natural Flood Management.
Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust gave a lively presentation on the developing Charter for Trees, Woods and People which will help to unlock the potential of the UK's trees and woods, improve our lives and landscapes and celebrate the trees in our lives.
The presentations and workshops delivered at the conference reflected key issues for the forestry sector today as it adjusts to the opportunities and challenges facing our urban forests.