Event web page: Wood Meadows & Pastures
This landmark event comes at a time of colossal challenges for nature conservation – with globalisation, climate change, and economic austerity just a few of the issues. As a part of the overview of the themes of the conference, Ian Rotherham will present a review of the ideas stimulated by the works of Frans Vera, the late Oliver Rackham, and of George Peterken in driving forwards our understanding of ‘Woods’, ‘Wood Meadows’ and ‘Wood Pastures’ in landscape evolution. The presentation will review the impact of Vera’s ideas and how these can fit into robust frameworks of ecology, and of ecological and social history. This will address issues of historical derivation and continuity in landscapes, and of ‘futurescapes’ and ‘Wilder Visions’ – understanding the past to inform the present and to guide the future.
There will also be a launch of Ian’s book Shadow Woods – the search for lost landscapes, and of a major new book on European woodlands.
Our 2-day international conference will examine issues of the conservation and creation of both wood meadows and wood pastures. With Professor Chris Baines we will consider aspects of habitat creation and community engagement, and with Professor George Peterken we will address both conservation and creation.
The event will also examine the influences of Dr Frans Vera and of the late Professor Oliver Rackham in transforming our understanding and attitudes towards these wonderful and iconic landscapes.
Relevant to key debates on the history of the British and European countryside, the topics will be important in helping shape our ideas of wilding or (re-wilding), and of our core theme of Wilder Visions.
The event will be chance to celebrate George Peterken’s volume Meadows, and of Chris Baines’ updated and reissued book, How to Make a Wildlife Garden. There will also be a launch of a major new book on European woodlands edited by Ian Rotherham, Alper Ҫolak and Simay Kirca, and with a major chapter by the late Oliver Rackham, plus George Peterken, Frans Vera, and others.