Anyone interested in the benefits of rewilding in the North of England and beyond, is invited to attend a major online event that will also celebrate The United Nations General Assembly’s International Day of Forests (IDF).

The Trees and Bees Online Conference, which is organised by Climate Action North and supported by conservation organisation Wildcraft, will be livestreamed via YouTube on Friday 19 March with a series of keynote speakers and virtual online traders showcasing their products.

The conference will provide an open forum to explore the role of trees and bees as an essential solution in the current Climate Emergency while celebrating this year’s theme of forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.

Climate Action North’s Managing Director, Sharon Lashley, said: “It’s vital that we take action to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems and begin to restore the natural world to achieve the safe and sustainable future we want.

“To achieve this on the scale that is so urgently needed, rewilding in all its forms must be on the agenda and trees and bees are integral to this. This conference gives us the opportunity to explore the benefits and, critically, understand how we can take action and make a real difference.”

High-profile, well-established figures from the world of rewilding and conservation will speak at the conference to share their insights and knowledge. This includes Alastair Driver, Conservationist-Rewilder-Explorer; Dr David Hetherington, Cairngorms National Park, Trees for Life and Lynx & Us; James Fearnley, BEEARC Apiceutical Research Centre; Barbara Keating Artist/Film Maker; and independent bee behaviour researcher; Alan Watson Featherstone, ecologist, nature photographer and public speaker. Isabella Tree, award-winning author from the rewilding Knepp Estate in West Sussex, will also contribute to the event.

Participants will have the chance to ask questions and discuss how people, communities and businesses can be part of the solution with the speakers who will be logged into the event, which also has a dedicated hashtag #BeeMoreTree.

Sharon said: “This is an inclusive online event for anyone who cares about making a positive difference to our environment. Our aim is to have the virtual room buzzing and partnerships growing with inspiring presentations and thought-provoking discussions on ways that we can all play our part in taking practical action in the climate emergency to help heal our communities and the environment.”

This is the latest Climate Action North event addressing rewilding, an issue that the community interest company has championed in the North of England since 2017. Previous highlights include a conference hosted by naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, a World Environment Day conference focussed on Rewilding and programmes to promote community rewilding such as Pollinator Parks and Global Wilders.

The £5.50 ticket fee will go to towards supporting Tree and Bee related charities. Tickets can be booked here.

Climate Action North’s events and initiatives are also supported by a wide range of businesses and groups, and corporate sponsors include AR POWER, Arktek Group, Resilient Business Systems Limited, JC Atkinson and Stephenson-Mohl Group.