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AGS Conservation Day Lectures – Recording

September 13, 2022
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As a charity dedicated to the conservation of alpine plants and alpine environments, we are proud to organise an afternoon of online lectures on the conservation of alpine plants in the UK

You can now watch a recording of the event by booking a ticket below.

  •  Sarah Watts: Riding the elevator to extinction – climate change and the arctic-alpine plants of Ben Lawers
  • Tom Freeth: Ex-situ conservation at RBG Kew
  • Lee Schofield: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm

Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts

Sarah is a plant ecologist specialising in upland habitats, mountain woodland, arctic-alpine species and applied science. She is currently undertaking a part-time PhD on “Improving outcomes in montane woodland restoration” at the University of Stirling. Sarah is also the Conservation Manager of Corrour Estate in Lochaber.

From 2013-2020 Sarah worked as an ecologist for the National Trust for Scotland at Ben Lawers NNR. There she spent time monitoring key populations of some of Britain’s rarest arctic-alpine plants. Her talk will focus on the changing fortunes of the arctic-alpine flora of Ben Lawers in the face of climate change and how long-term monitoring data can be used to inform conservation management.

Thomas Freeth

Thomas Freeth Tom

Tom is a professional horticulturist with a background in landscape design and construction, sports turf and botany. For several years he managed the Alpine and Rock Garden Living Collections, landscapes and Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He still works there in the curatorial team for both Kew and Wakehurst Place sites. He has extensive show garden build experience, travels widely, leads tours and speaks to groups and conferences. Tom also currently serves on the AGS Trustee Board.

Lee Schofield

Lee Schofield

Lee is the author of Wild Fell: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm, published by Penguin/Transworld. Wild Fell is his account of a decade working at RSPB Haweswater in the Lake District National Park. His book describes the personal and professional challenges involved in working at the coal-face of nature conservation in the uplands. In his day job as RSPB Site Manager, Lee is responsible for overseeing conservation work across an upland mosaic of woodland, bog, mountain and meadow covering thirty square kilometres.