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Climate Action North - Trees and Bees Online Conference to celebrate International Day of Forests 2021

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Our Trees and Bees online conference will be celebrating the UN International Day of Forests and we're teaming up with Wildcraft to bring you an event focussing on the benefits of rewilding with Trees and Bees and the role of both species as an essential solution in the current Climate Emergency.

This online conference, livestreamed via Youtube, will take place on Friday 19th March 2021 and will feature speakers from the world of Trees and Bees as follows:-


Alastair Driver, Conservationist-Rewilder-Explorer.

Alastair is a conservationist, rewilder and explorer, cited in ‘Who’s Who’ for influence and distinction in the field of environmental conservation.

He is the former national Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency and now holds multiple roles including Director of Rewilding Britain, Honorary Professor at University of Exeter and Trustee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. He also advises governments and organisations around the world on conservation issues and leads wildlife studies on expeditions for the Scientific Exploration Society. In what spare time there is left, Alastair acts as the voluntary warden for Ali’s Pond Local Nature Reserve which he created on behalf of his local community in Sonning, Berks in 1997

Dr David Hetherington - Cairngorms National Park, Trees for Life and Lynx & Us

Having graduated with a degree in Environmental Geography, David worked for Highland Birchwoods, an NGO based on the Black Isle, where he helped compile the Scottish Semi-Natural Woodland Inventory.

Having stared at maps and aerial photographs of woodland for long enough, David began pondering whether Scotland had sufficiently reafforested to allow the return of large, mobile, forest-dwelling species. He subsequently completed a PhD exploring the feasibility of reintroducing the Eurasian lynx to Scotland, before moving to the Cairngorms National Park, where he has lived for the past 14 years and where he works on strategic woodland expansion and wildcat conservation.

In his spare time, David sits on the board of Trees for Life, an award-winning charity that works to enhance the native woodland ecology of the Scottish Highlands. He recently published a book, ‘The Lynx and Us’, which examines the relationship between lynx and people across Europe, and discusses the implications of this for the UK.

James Fearnley - BEEARC Apiceutical Research Centre

James Fearnley has been developing the medicinal potential of propolis for the last 30 years working with many UK universities ,publishing around 20 peer review papers as well as producing two books on the subject. He is founder of BeeVital a company producing propolis products He founded ARC (Apiceutical Research Centre) in 2011 and the IPRG ( International Propolis Research Group ) running International Conferences every two years.

James founded and runs a not for profit community health project in The Dispensary which has promoted encouraged and created a range of community initiatives in Whitby. He is currently working on the BeeArc Project , an exhibition and Research centre to explore ways in which the honey bee can inspire our the economic, social and cultural life.

Barbara Keating Artist/Film Maker. Independent bee behaviour researcher.

Barbara Keating is an artist/film maker, with a first degree in constructed textile design, a Masters in Fine Art, followed by a course in Film and TV. Barbara became interested in honeybees in 2009 and soon became a "backyard" keeper in Newcastle Upon Tyne and after years of doing so then started educating and enthusing people about bees. In 2011 she ran a “Honeybees Paladar”, or home restaurant, as part of the EAT! Festival. The menu was comprised of foods related to bees’ diets, and the dining room was an immersive media experience. Since then she has set up a new beekeeping club, affiliating to BBKA, and given talks and training for new beekeepers.

Barbara was commissioned to create artworks and events for Tyne and Wear Museums on the subject of bees, and the connections between their diet and human diets.

Barbara's latest work, Bees Banquet (Working Title) was awarded pilot funding by Tyne and Wear Museums Service,was shown at Dippy on Tour, has been picked up by the prestigious Fantomeline Pictures.

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Alan Watson Featherstone - Alan is an ecologist, nature photographer and inspirational public speaker. In 1986 he founded the award-winning Scottish conservation charity, Trees for Life, and was its executive director for almost 30 years. During that time it became the leading organisation working to restore the Caledonian Forest in Scotland and took on ownership of the 10,000 acre Dundreggan Estate in Glenmoriston as its flagship project for native woodland recovery.

Through his work with Trees for Life, Alan helped to provide the inspiration for other ecological restoration projects in the Scottish Borders, on Dartmoor in England and for the creation of the Yendegaia National Park in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. He also founded the Restoring the Earth project, to promote the restoration of the planet’s degraded ecosystems as the most important task for humanity in the 21st century.


  • The conference will be aligned with the United Nations International Day of Forests 2021
  • The event will be streamed live via Youtube and there will be an opportunity to chat with the speakers who will be logged into the event.
  • The event will commence at 10am
  • Alongside our speakers we will also have virtual online traders showcasing their products
  • There will be lots of opportunities to network in the live chat
  • We will have our own social media hashtag for the day #BeeMoreTree - there will also be lots of ways to link to the the International Day of Forests social media campaign - our aim really is to have the virtual room "buzzing" and partnerships "growing" - Treewilding and Beewilding at it's best.

We hope you can e-join us for our Trees and Bees and look forward to seeing you there!

The ticket fee will go to towards supporting our projects helping Trees and Bees.



Climate Action North and Wilding Team

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