Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre is to be the sole speaker from a tree nursery at The Urban Forest of Tomorrow Conference to be held at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus on 14 and 15 June 2018. This educational event is open to all, including arborists, landscape architects, urban foresters and planners, ecologists, green industry professionals, students, and anyone with a desire to hear about the latest research and advancements for the future of trees in urban landscapes.
Sacre is one of nine presenters from three continents; seven are international and two are from the Toronto area. His presentation: ‘Are Nurseries Preparing for the Future Urban Forest?’ will explore best practices in the nursery, including crown and root development, the monitoring of physiological health of trees in nurseries, and the Arborcheck nursery benchmark system.
He will consider how current species in nursery production meet or fail to meet the need for urban forest resilience and species diversity, and question whether the ecotypes currently in production reflect the needs of urban forest managers.
Finally, a case study will reveal how one UK tree nursery has tried to rise to the challenge presented by present and future demands for urban forest trees by not only modifying its production methods, but also by embracing a series of innovative initiatives designed to place the nursery at the centre of the urban forest debate.
Other speakers at the two-day conference include Prod Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Dr Peter Del Tredici, Henrik Sjöman and Ted Green MBE.