14th to 15th June 2005
What was the event?
Trees can take over 100 years to reach maturity, so the trees we plant now will mature in a climate that may be very different to the one in which they were planted. The predicted changes in climate may have a profound effect on our trees, which, once planted, must endure whatever climate ensues.
Expert speakers examined firstly what impact climate change will have on tree growth, health and ecology and secondly, what the responses to these impacts should be by the forestry, conservation, heritage and gardening communities. A guest speaker from France gave a picture of current tree and woodland distribution and management in a warmer climate.
Where did it take place?
University of Surrey, Guildford
Summaries and presentations
|Climate change and tree health||Prof. Clive Brasier||Summary (PDF-13K)
|Impacts on tree growth and function||Mark Broadmeadow||Summary (PDF-11K)
|Implications and adaptions: species choice and timber production||Prof. Jeffery Burley||Summary (PDF-10K)
|Climate change and trees||Mike Calnan||Summary (PDF-8K)|
|Impacts on woodland ecology||Keith Kirby||Summary (PDF-19K)
|Aquitaine forests in a changing climate||Richard Michalet||Presentation (PDF-2347K)|
|Implications and adaption: nature conservation and biodiversity||Richard Smithers||Summary (PDF-16K)|
Delegate questionnaire (MS Word®) (564K) - for emailing
Delegate questionnaire (PDF) (119K) - for posting/faxing
The purposes of this brief questionnaire are to:
- Gauge the level of climate change awareness in the sector and how successful the meeting has been in achieving its principal objective
- Assess the extent to which the sector is taking climate change into account in future planning.
We hope to publish the results of the questionnaire as part of an assessment of adaptation measures in the sector.
Additional background information
Full details are available at: www.rhs.org.uk/research/climate_change/trees.asp
Dr Chris Prior
Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden
Surrey GU23 6QB
Tel: 01483 224234