Welcome to the inaugural Australian School of Urban Forestry to be held in Melbourne from 11 - 16 November, 2018. This is the first program of its kind in Australia, and offers an interactive learning experience delivered by leading urban forest practitioners and researchers. The event will be hosted by the University of Melbourne in partnership with the City of Melbourne, organisations who are national leaders in urban forestry education, research, advocacy and practice.
Urban forestry has evolved rapidly over the last fifty years. Initially focusing on trees in urban environments, it is now acknowledged as a complex urban ecosystem based on different landscapes, sites and environments, in addition to public interests, needs and pressures. These range from the installation, care and management of trees and other urban vegetation, through to the planning and design for increasing concerns around health and social outcomes.
The multi-disciplinary nature, and complexity of this field, demands specialised professional development. The Australian School in Urban Forestry explores this multidisciplinarity from government, industry, community, technical and social perspectives, through six days of seminars, skills-based workshops, case study analysis and field trips.
Who should attend
The school is suitable for all professionals in the urban greenspace industry, community advocacy, environmental health, and policy management with a desire to develop their skills and knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of Urban Forestry. Participants in The Australian School of Urban Forestry will gain practical knowledge and skills in urban forest policy, planning, management, and community engagement.
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The immersive program has been designed to not only provide the knowledge and tools to create and maintain the Urban Forest but also offers practical learnings around the complexity of the urban forest in relation to industry, government, local communities and the urban environment.READ MORE
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About the Australian School of Urban Forestry
Urban environments are subject to pressures such as increasing population and housing density, climate change impacts, the urban heat island, biodiversity and habitat loss, reduced human physical activity and declining well-being associated with nature deficit. The trees and green spaces in our cities, known collectively as the urban forest, can help mitigate the negative impacts of some of these pressures.
However, the urban forest is a complex and dynamic system, supported by many stakeholders with often contrasting opinions. For our urban forests to continue to thrive, and increasingly provide the environmental, biodiversity and socio-cultural benefits that we demand from them, we need dedicated research, education, engagement, planning and management. There has never been a more critical time to embed urban forestry experts within government and industry, and ultimately right through the community. The Australian School in Urban Forestry will help to build this capacity by linking research with practice, delivered by leading practitioners across Australia.
The Australian School in Urban Forestry is designed to provide an interactive and engaging forum for information sharing and the immediate application of knowledge and skills. It is designed for industry professionals to develop their ability to guide the growth of their urban forests. Participation in the School also provides an excellent opportunity to develop your local and national network of peers and mentors who work in the urban forest management and planning sector.
Spanning six consecutive days, the school begins with case studies and field visits where participants are introduced to real-world urban forest challenges. Participants will hear from the stakeholders and managers involved in each urban forest problem. Examples include planning for climate change impacts on tree populations, establishing canopy cover and under-storey targets for biodiversity and community benefits, and balancing an increase in urban forest and green space within rapidly expanding residential and commercial development on the city fringe.
The School delivers a schedule of seminar presentations and skills-based workshops from local and national leading researchers, industry practitioners, managers and policy experts on many aspects of urban forest planning and management. Participants will also work in syndicate groups, each exploring one of the case studies presented earlier. Each group will work through a complex problem, using multi-disciplinary perspectives, and the skills and ideas presented at the School over the week. On the final day, each group will present their responses and solutions to industry stakeholders.
2018 Urban Forestry Program
Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston Street
Sunday 11th November
Monday 12th November
Tuesday 13th November
Wednesday 14th November
Thursday 15th November
Friday 16 November
The Urban Forestry Program fee is $3,500.
See draft program.
The City of Melbourne is a leader, in Australia and internationally, on how to effectively engage with business, industry, and the wider community to strategically plan and establish an urban forest for the future.
The University of Melbourne’s School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences is at the forefront of education and research in environmental horticulture, arboriculture, and urban forestry.
The City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne have joined together to develop a unique forum to inspire and grow multi-disciplinary industry professionals.
- Meg CaffinPrincipal Consultant
Urban Forest Consulting
- Tim EntwisleDirector and Chief Executive
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
- Kelly HertzogUrban Forester
City of Melbourne
- Dave KendalSenior Lecturer
University of Tasmania
- Stephen LivesleyAssociate Professor
The University of Melbourne
- Lyndal PlantConsultant
Urban Forester Pty Ltd
- Ian ShearsPractice Lead
Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure
City of Melbourne
- Jason SummersManager Parks & Open Space
City of Hume
- Aaron WoodDeputy Lord Mayor
City of Melbourne