Events

Ever wondered what benefits trees provide to the city? Seen the recent University of Leeds Campus I-Tree report and want to know more? Join researchers Dr Cat Scott, Hazel Mooney and Anna Gugan for the first LEAF lecture of 2020. The team will be presenting the findings of their recent report, celebrating the benefits that trees…

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This event, organised by Zero Carbon Harrogate and hosted at Ripley Castle, aims to help landowners and those responsible for land management to discover the benefits of creating woodland on their land. The Woodland Creation Conference will provide an opportunity to explore: – Funding Opportunities – The UK Carbon Market – Markets for UK Timber…
Urban green spaces such as gardens, parks and woodlands provide many benefits to people and vital habitats for wildlife. Urban vegetation stores carbon, helping to mitigate climate change, and reduces the likelihood of flooding by storing excess rain water. Trees and green spaces can improve air quality, limit the impact of heatwaves, encourage people to…
For our final LEAF Lunchtime Lecture of 2017/2018, Marta Giannichi from the School of Geography will be talking about her work with landowners in Brazil. A major challenge to reduce forest loss in the tropics is to incentivise conservation on private land in agricultural settings. Engaging private landowners in conservation schemes is particularly important along…
The Forestry Commission is undertaking an exciting project to restore Hardknott Forest, one of the largest conifer plantations in the Lake District, to native woodland. At the second volunteer weekend of 2018 the project team will be continuing to plant oak and clear invasive conifer trees – either come for one day or stay in…
For our next LEAF Lunchtime Lecture, Jess Baker from the School of Earth & Environment will be talking about her work on tropical rainforests. Areas of remote tropical forest, such as the Amazon, pose a challenge to climate scientists, due to a scarcity of meteorological stations and long-term climate data. This can limit our ability…
For our third LEAF Lunchtime Lecture, Martin Sullivan from the School of Geography will be talking about his work monitoring tropical forests. Tropical forests store vast amounts of carbon. Protecting forests for their carbon is therefore an important strategy to mitigate climate change. Intact forests also continue to take in more carbon from the atmosphere…
The United Bank of Carbon and friends are hosting a screening of the thought-provoking, unreleased ‘documentary-meets-toolkit’ High Water Common Ground. The film showing will be followed by a discussion on the future of natural capital in Yorkshire where a changing climate, air pollution and developments such as Leeds FAS2, HS2, South Bank, the Clean Air…
For our second LEAF Lunchtime Lecture, Cat Scott from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment will be talking about her work on the climate impacts of forests. Forests store huge quantities of carbon, influence rainfall and alter the colour (and therefore reflectivity) of the land. But,…
In our first LEAF Lunchtime Lecture we’ll be joined by Dougie Phillips from the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies. Dougie will be talking about: How trees differ – fundamental characteristics of UK-grown tree species: Although the UK’s forests have historically been dominated by broadleaved species such as oak, beech and birch, they have…
Wander from tree to tree along a gently lit night time urban forest trail on the University of Leeds campus. Admire beautifully lit trees in their autumnal glory, discover their value and their cultural significance, and learn about the carbon they store and the air pollutants they absorb. By Hannah Walker & Cat Scott; part…