Avenues, Alleyways and Boulevards 

Management for the 21st century

Venue: Jodrell Laboratory Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Date: 24th June 2010


Tree-lined routes are human imprints on the landscape. Over the centuries, these corridors have become living architectural features. Today avenues have additional roles, including mitigating the effects of cars and offering protection from climate change. The modern challenge is how to continue their historic legacy and create new avenues in order to secure this essential green infrastructure for future generations.

This conference has urban and rural relevance, appealing to specialists and non-specialists with interests in landscape and the importance and care of trees. It will explore conservation, psychological and sociological perspectives, including the utilitarian, historic, biodiversity and aesthetic considerations that inform policy and practice.

Delegates are invited to contribute to the debate by bringing key concerns and suggestions for policy and management in challenging economic and climatic times.

In partnership with



Introduction and Welcome
Neville Fay, Treework Environmental Practice

Avenues at Kew: celebrating the legacy, meeting the challenge  
Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services, Kew

Avenues in mainland Europe
Chantal Pradines, Expert of the Council of Europe

A journey down some avenues: Around 800 National Trust avenues, each an individual
Ray Hawes, Head of Forestry, The National Trust

Avenues as landscape features: Interpreting their design and managing their future
Peter Thurman, Consultant, The Thurman Consultancy

Avenues and natural features: Lifecycles, perpetuity and habitat continuity
Vikki Bengtsson, Pro Natura, Sweden

Avenues as arboricultural features: Culture, definitions, patterns and management
Brian Crane, Consultant, Brian G Crane and Associates

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) Grey to Green: Shifting funding and skills to green our cities
Peter Neal, Head of public space, strategy and design

Disappearing avenues: Living features in a changing landscape
Clive Mayhew, Consultant, The Mayhew Consultancy

Urban tree-lined corridors: Master planning protected routes for liveable cities
Eugene Dreyer, Urban Design Director, Terry Farrell and Partners

The power of collaboration to influence policy: Coordinated solutions through professional cooperation
Sue James, Convenor, Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)

Avenues, Infrastructure and Connectively: The wider contribution of trees to townscapes and liveability
Val Kirby, Natural England, Head of Landscape and Geodiversity

The art of the possible: An urban case study for street tree planting
Martin Kelly, Chair, Trees and Design Action Group

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