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Friday, April 21 • 15:45 - 17:15
Is rewilding more than just restoring nature? LIMITED

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Is rewilding more than just restoring Nature?

This workshop will explore the different environments across the United Kingdom that can be transformed and regenerated through the employment of conservation actions that fall under the broad and somewhat controversial term of rewilding. With the guidance of three pioneers in the rewilding field, attendees of the workshop will consider rewilding in the context of urban, agricultural and remote environments. Identifying aspirations for what these environments can become in the future and the benefits that this can bring in environmental, social and economic terms.

Following an introduction from our three acclaimed guests, who each champion rewilding in their respective environments. This interactive workshop will enable attendees to work alongside our experts to identify new opportunities and actions that the rewilding movement can bring, while also discussing the challenges that need to be acknowledged and overcome.

What will our landscape look like in 2050? 
Our rewilding pioneers: 
Alan Watson Featherstone
Alan is the founder of the award winning charity Trees for Life; arguably the most successful rewilding charity within the UK. Over the last 28 years the team have worked towards restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. To date they have planted over a million trees and inspired thousands of volunteers. Alan himself is regarded as a true conservation champion and was awarded the ’Guardian Medal of Honour’ in 2015 and the RSPB’s ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’. 
Sir Charles Burrell 
Chair of the organisation Rewilding Britain, Charlie was inspired by Frans Vera rewilding work in the Netherlands. Following a visit to Oostvardesplassen he has worked to transform his underperforming 1,400-hectare agricultural estate into a ‘rewilded’ landscape. With analogue species representing the mammal fauna of the late Pleistocene. This has resulted in a profitable ecotourism industry and enhanced the ecology of the site, which is now witnessing natural re-colonisation of species including purple emperor butterflies and nightingales. 
Daniel Raven Ellison 
Founder of the Greater London National Park City Initiative which aims to celebrate the urban biodiversity that these areas can support. This initiative hopes to revolutionise the ways in which cities are perceived by decalring London as the World's first National Park City. Reconnecting communities with nature and encouraging green and sustainable development to safeguard London’s future. This has gained significant public and political support – with Mayor Sadiq Khan pledging that London will achieve this goal. 

Projector and Laptop for presentations 
A4 paper and pens 
Flip chart paper and markers for the workshop  

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Elliot Newton

Creative Director, A Focus on Nature
I am young conservationist who has a passion about urban conservation, rewilding, pangolins and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. I am currently the Nature Consercation Manager for a small london based charity called the 'Environment Trust ', I am also Co-Founder... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 15:45 - 17:15 BST
Informatics Suite 2 The Laboratory, First Floor