Final programme

9:30         Registration opens                      
10:30       Conference introduction
Chairs     Jill Thompson and Vince Gaffney
(School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences,
University of Bradford)
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”: Thinking through scientific, artistic and other entanglements amongst the trees
Ben Gearey (University College Cork) and Suzi Richer (Richer Environmental / University of York)
11:30-12:00 Tea and coffee
Trees as agents: Modelling the mid-Holocene elm decline
Micheál Butler (University of Bradford)
Cultural wooded landscapes, LIDAR and legacy: Assessing significance in Scotland
Judith Anderson, Coralie Mills, Peter Quelch and Stefan Sagrott
(Historic Environment Scotland, Dendrochronicle, Peter Quelch Woodland Services, and Historic Environment Scotland)
Reconstructing past woodland biodiversity from historic timber-framed buildings: How many species have we lost?
Christopher Ellis, Rebecca Yahr and Brian Coppins (Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Trees in the townscape: Buried waterlogged timbers as samples of
contemporary woodland in Anglo-Scandinavian York
Steven J Allen (York Archaeological Trust)
An archaeology of the garage: Reimagining a Coppergate workshop and making modern heritage
Mike Groves (University of York)
Woodland management and ecotecture: A springing point for architecture?
John Esling (Hedgery Landscapes)
15:15-15:45 Tea and coffee
Woodlands, industrial estates and our old sooty friend the charcoal burner
Hywel Lewis (University of Bradford)
Trees in England. Management and perceived economics since
Gerry Barnes (University of East Anglia)
17:00-19:00 Wine reception and Poster session
19:30 Curry at Omar Khan’s restaurant
Saturday 17 November 2018
9:30         Registration opens                      
10:30       Conference opens
Chair       David Renwick (Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and Humber region)
Celebrating our Woodland Heritage and the South Pennines Regional Park
Pam Warhurst (Pennine Prospects)
Lost in the woods: A rapid archaeological assessment of reservoir
John Buglass (JB Archaeology)
Landscape and archaeology in Raincliffe Woods, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Trevor Pearson and Martin Bland (Scarborough Archaeology and History Society)
11:30-12:00 Tea and coffee
Investigating charcoal burning platforms in the South Pennines
Chris Atkinson (Pennine Prospects)
Celebrating woodland heritage at Forest School
Rachel Street (Newground) and Annie Berrington (Get out More CIC)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
From National Parks to the national box office: How woodland heritage understanding and management are changing in the South of England
Lawrence Shaw (New Forest National Park)
‘In good hands’: Why did the New Forest not become a National Park until 2005?
Catherine Glover
Woodland industries: The Lake District’s hidden heritage
Eleanor Kingston and Rebecca Cadbury-Simmons (Lake District National Park)
15:30-16:00 Tea and coffee
Out of the shadows – searching for lost Domesday treescapes in the British uplands
Ian Rotherham (Sheffield Hallam University)
17:00-19:00 Wine reception
Sunday 18 November 2018
10:30 Visit to Hirst Wood, which runs alongside the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the River Aire to the north of Bradford. This will include demonstrations of greenwood crafts and pottery firing, and will be followed by the opportunity to visit Salts Mill and the World Heritage Site of Saltaire village.
Meeting point: Hirst Wood car park, Hirst Lane, Shipley, BD18 4NQ


Lorna Singleton to demonstrate oak swill basketry at the conference


We are delighted to have Lorna Singleton demonstrating her craft of oak swill basketry during the Friday and Saturday of the conference.

“I am a craftswoman specialising in woven wooden products. I cut and prepare the wood by hand, managing and restoring coppice woodland in a responsible and renewable way, seeing the whole process from the tree to the finished product. It can be a solitary lifestyle and I enjoy the balance between the heavy outside work in all weathers, weaving oak in my workshop, and meeting customers or sharing my place of work with others.

lornabag-150x150My products are made using oak coppiced locally in South Cumbria, where I grew up. Oak is stronger than many materials. There is only so far that wood can be influenced, so you have to work with the material and it plays a part in deciding what I make.

I enjoy honouring the generations of swillers before me by creating baskets in the traditional patterns. However the oak swill and the techniques used to handle it are incredible and deserve celebration, so I also endeavour to design and make contemporary products that show off the unique strength and flexibility of swill.

I like to make practical and utility items, they also happen to be beautiful and tactile. My baskets have a rich heritage, they are based on the traditional baskets from the Furness area of South Cumbria (old Lancashire). Their production cannot be mechanised and so are made using the simple hand tools and techniques used by generations of swillers before me. They are also extremely durable. When I’ve made a basket I want people to use it and pass it down to the next generation, as they have done for generations gone by.”