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Join Us for an Engaging Evening with Arboricultural Expert John Parker who will be talking to us about creating a community arboretum.

πŸ“… Date: Wednesday, 18th September

πŸ•– Time: 7:00 PM

πŸ“ Venue: Front Room 13 Central Walk, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1FF

Weston Tree and Plant Group is thrilled to announce our upcoming meeting which will feature the distinguished John Parker, Chief Executive Officer of the Arboricultural Association. With a career spanning key roles and numerous accolades in the field of arboriculture, John is set to provide an evening rich with insights and inspiration.

About John Parker:

  • Current Role: CEO of the Arboricultural Association
  • Past Roles: Technical Director at the Arboricultural Association (Aug 2019 – Jul 2021)
  • Leadership: President of the UK & Ireland chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture
  • Global Influence: Member of the European Forum on Urban Forestry International Steering Group and UK representative on the European Arboricultural Council
  • Expertise: Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Forester, Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Acclaimed Speaker: Frequent presenter at national and international conferences, including a TED Talk titled “Why Trees are Better than People” (available on YouTube)

Webinar Chair: Led the Arboricultural Association webinar series from Spring 2020, reaching a global audience on diverse topics

Past Leadership: Former Executive Committee member of the London Tree Officers Association, Chair from 2016-2018

Recognition: Named Young European Urban Forester of the Year in 2018, and one of the 25 Most Influential People in Horticulture by Pro Landscaper Magazine in 2022

Community Engagement: Founder of the Stonehouse Community Arboretum, Trustee of the Doverow Hill Trust, and former Trustee of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum (2020-2022)

John is passionate about public engagement, green equity, and the multifaceted benefits of trees, particularly their social and cultural value. His extensive experience and dedication to urban forestry and arboriculture make him a compelling speaker you won’t want to miss.

Venue confirmation and further details to follow.

We look forward to seeing you there!


September 18 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Front Room Theatre
13 Central Walk S23 1FF + Google Map
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