The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Sustainable Management in the Urban Forest

Sponsored by the ISHS Commissions of Landscape & Urban Horticulture and Education, Research Training & Consultancy

The Symposium on Sustainable Management in the Urban Forest will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014 during the International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

It is widely accepted that trees provide many benefits to the urban environment: some tangible (aesthetics, shade, wind, storm-water and pollution reduction), and some less so (carbon sequestration, mental well-being, ecological biodiversity). Trees are increasingly seen as assets that should be managed as such; however, management practices (generally) are often reactive and fragmented.

A holistic approach to tree management - which begins at the nursery and continues for the life of the tree - is essential if the benefits which trees provide are to be fully realised and incorporated successfully into modern, high-density towns and cities.

This symposium aims to present an overview of the current situation and its inherent challenges, and to provide examples of how these challenges can be addressed.

This is a one day symposium. The Queensland Arboricultural Association (QAA) expects that the symposium will appeal to Urban Foresters, Arboriculturalists, Arborists, Horticulturists, Ecologists, Architects, Landscape Designers, Town Planners, Developers and anyone with a strong interest in the sustainability of our increasingly urban lifestyle.


  • Benefits of Trees – Why Trees matter in Urban Environments
  • The Right Tree in the Right Place – Species Selection
  • Specifying Trees – Producing the Best Tree Stock Possible
  • Site Preparation – Soil Volumes and Engineering Solutions
  • Planting and Establishment
  • Transition Landscapes – ensuring space for mature trees
  • Managing Trees into the future
  • Managing Existing mature trees
  • Trees and Design – Designing around and with trees
  • Local Success Stories – The Brisbane Experience


Bill Wilcock is a veteran Arboriculturist who has worked in Canada during the seventies and later, after migrating to Australia, was strategically engaged in significant Arboricultural enterprises in Australia. He has been at the cutting edge of the industry for over thirty years and is currently undertaking a recently offered post graduate qualification in Arboriculture at the University of Melbourne, Burnley. With experience primarily in amenity trees but also with periodic involvement in orchard works, Bill recognises the value of older trees and the need for creating sustainable conditions that will allow newly planted trees to become this asset. His history, coupled with the age tempered understanding of the importance of trees in our lives and the potential asset for future generations, is offered to Congress 2014 participants with an interest in any aspect of trees in concert with the contributors to this Symposium 33 and the conjunctive workshops.

Dr Greg Moore is one of Australia's foremost experts in urban tree management and arboriculture. With an interest in horticultural plant science and ecology, and a passion for trees, Dr Moore has contributed to the development of Australian Standards in pruning and amenity tree evaluation and has been a keynote speaker at conferences throughout Australasia and North America.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Greg Moore combines his depth of experience with an inspiring and light-hearted look at the management and conservation of trees and forests in our urban areas.

David Lawry is the driving force behind the National Avenues of Honour project which culminates in the centenary of ANZAC in 2015. In 2008 David received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to arboriculture and the environment, particularly through research and support for sustainable plantings in the urban landscape, and to the community through the Avenues of Honour project.

Ross Clarke is the author of the "NATSPEC" published book titled "Specifying Trees: A Guide to the Assessment of Tree Quality", which has become the landscape industry's strictest standard and essential reference. Ross will provide the audience with a well-considered overview of the Guide and its advisory tables and illustrate how the various landscape industries stand to gain from applying the book's guiding principles, with a view to realising the best quality tree and plant stock possible for a project.

Lyndal Plant is a post-graduate student at the University of Queensland with 23 years of experience in local government urban forest management. Sustainable urban forest management relies on recognition of urban tree cover as a valuable component of green space. Lyndal will share with us her research on the property value benefits of street trees and the development of stronger business cases for future planning and management of urban trees.

Scientific Committee

  • Cynthia Carson (Australia)
  • Dr Liz Denman (Australia)
  • Dr Jane Tarran (Australia)
  • Lyndal Plant (Australia)