Trees are some of the most enduring elements in our landscapes. Not only do they communicate their own stories through the richness and subtleties of their body language, but they also tell tales about us, how we lived, what we value and our aspirations for the future. Many of us will be remembered for our tree legacy and the imprint left on our landscape.

This will be a session of shared tree stories from past and present that will help us step back from our time pressured decision-making framework to ponder a longer timescale with broader community and environmental implications. Let’s consider how trees shape our lives, and how we shape our tree legacy through the actions we take and the management decisions we deliver. The aim is to spark some inspiration to empower you to leave your own green legacy.

Jan Allen

Jan is a founding member, Secretary and Director of the Veteran Tree Group Australia Ltd, a not for profit group interested in promotion and preservation of Australia’s veteran, ancient and other significant trees. Jan is a consulting arborist and registered practicing horticulturist with more than 30 years’ industry experience. Currently juggling commitments to a consultancy business, community advocacy and caring for 40 acres of forest in south east Queensland, she considers herself fortunate to be making good progress towards a more satisfying lifestyle as a full-time tree-hugger.