Big Barn Conference 2020- CANCELLED

Here at Barcham we have been immensely looking forward to welcoming lots of people to the nursery once again and hosting an enjoyable and memorable event for the industry, however I am afraid that the recent events related to the COVID-19 virus have caused us to look hard at the implications of going ahead with the Big Barn Conference this year.  It is with considerable regret that we have reluctantly decided to cancel this event, scheduled to be held at our nursery on June 17th 2020.

You will all be aware of the uncertainty surrounding the future and the many unknowns associated with the COVID-19 and its spread. It is impossible to forecast it’s development accurately or the sanitation/quarantine measures which might be in place in June.  As things are developing at such a rate it would have been irresponsible of us to not make a decision now and to have gone ahead ignoring the many restrictions and warnings coming from health authorities. With such an international line up of speakers and attraction to the event spreading to delegates across Europe, we felt that we could not ignore the potential implications for the health of speakers, delegates and folk here at Barcham, not to mention their relatives and friends.

Our intention is to postpone this event for a year, revisiting in June 2021 with the hope that normality will have resumed. If you were already registered for this event, then you will of course be invited to the next one.  If were not and would like to be invited, please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment that this may cause, but hope you understand that this decision has not been taken lightly.



We will be exhibiting at Futurebuild 3rd-5th March at London ExCel.
Keith Sacre and David Johnson will be on hand to answer any of your tree related questions.
Hope to see you there.
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Free Seminar – Public involvement in tree management

Kamil will make a presentation on the public involvementin tree management and also what citizens can do to
influence policy changes. These will include both the Bialowieza Forest case and also the protection of trees
outside of the forest.

In recent years they went through some major changes in the legislative system and therefore some part of the
presentation will include the Roads for Nature programme; its aim was to raise awareness and influence best
management practices of tree avenues (tree-lined roads).

Johns presentation will explore the idea of trees as a tool of social control. It is now well-established that trees
deliver a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits to people, and that social conditions can be improved in a given area through the retention of existing trees and planting of new ones. However, throughout history the opposite has also been shown to be true; that through the removal of canopy cover or the failure to plant trees, social conditions can be made worse.

Location: Barcham Trees Plc, Eye Hill Drove,Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XF

Time: 09.30am-04.30pm

Free seminar. Trees for life A tool for building up the Green infrastructure of Barcelona.

The lecture at Barcham Seminar will deal with the two instruments that the city council of Barcelona has for planning the green infrastructure: Barcelona Green infrastructure and biodiversity plan 2020 and Trees for life, a master Plan for Barcelona Trees. 2017-2037
Since 2013 Barcelona has the Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Plan, the strategic tool aiming to define the challenges, goals and commitments of the Barcelona City Council in relation to the conservation of greenery and biodiversity.
It outlines long-term actions for achieving a green infrastructure capable of:

■ Creating benefits for people
■ Providing environmental and social services
■ Creating havens of life within the urban environment
■ Bringing nature into the city

■ Connecting and reuniting the city with the broader territory.
■ Making the city more fertile and resilient in the face of future challenges

Trees are the main piece of Barcelona’s green infrastructure. Trees in the urban environment are living organism that live with people and provide them with a physical and emotional connection to nature. The city’s trees make it possible to interconnect the city’s green areas. For many people, trees are de fragment of nature that they have closed to hand, a living neighbour who is present throughout their lives, contributing to a healthier and more habitable city.
The master plan for Barcelona’s Trees 2017-2037 places emphasis on rethinking intervention, criteria and processes of the trees City’s management with the aim of achieving a more sustainable management and maintenance which improve the living conditions for Barcelona’s trees population and it is ordered in 10 strategic lines:

■ Tree heritage and biodiversity. Conserving the tree population, making it more sustainable and turning it into a bio diverse habitat
■ Knowledge. Increasing knowledge about trees and their values and services
■ Communication and participation. Inform the general public about the services and disservices provided by trees, encouraging them to participate in their conservation
■ Planning and connectivity. Planning the trees population as a more powerful, more interconnected green infrastructure which can provide more services
Preservation and protection. Preserving the tree population and its heritage and identity values, ensuring its protection
■ Tree health. Caring for the health of the trees, considering biodiversity and the general public
■ Plant material and planting. Working towards a good supply and appropriate planting of trees
■ The soil. Providing trees with a greater volume and higher quality of soils, developing strategies that make urban surfaces more permeable.
■ The water. The sustainable management of irrigation water, while obtaining maximum services.