The National Forest – a new model for sustainable living?

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Date(s) - Wednesday 10/06/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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The University of Derby Environmental Sustainability Research Centre’s climate change seminar series continues online. In the second webinar on the topic of Climate Change and Our Forests, we are delighted to welcome Louise Driver, Director of Operations from the National Forest Company.

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More than 25 years ago the National Forest was a positive response to some of the problems faced by society. It was a bold vision to create England’s first new forest in over 1,000 years to regenerate a damaged landscape, revitalise a broken economy and inspire forgotten communities. With the climate crisis now threatening humanity, the National Forest provides a real example, in a real place (10 miles from the centre of Derby), of how we can mitigate and adapt to develop the foundations for more sustainable living. Louise will explore the National Forest’s ambitions, its role in helping us to re-imagine our society, and the need for hope in an uncertain world. As we emerge from Covid-19 and plan our recovery, is the National Forest’s role more relevant than ever?

The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the Midlands. Since 1995, almost 9 million trees have been planted across hundreds of woodlands increasing forest cover from 6% to 21% of the area. The creation of the National Forest is led by the National Forest Company (NFC) a non-profit institution within the public sector sponsored by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The NFC is also a registered charity.

Louise Driver spent 20 years in local government developing economic and rural policy, strategy and effective partnerships, before moving to the National Forest Company in June 2019. As Director of Operations for the National Forest, she now develops strategy and oversees interventions across all of its three sustainability themes: environment, society and economy. This includes programmes which support forest creation, habitat management, green infrastructure, outdoor learning, volunteering and sustainable tourism.


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