Landscape Learn will set the scene asking, what is the impact to society of soil degradation?
Estate ecologist Penny Green, will introduce alternative stewardship on a grand scale, with Ted Green founder of the Ancient Tree Forum who has been involved with Knepp since its inception. Expert soil scientist Tim O’Hare will join us to discuss the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soil. Composer, artist and performer Claudia Molitor will reveal Earthworm, a sound composition. The day will include being out in the field, investigating and excavating followed by a picnic. We will focus on soil characteristics, stewardship, rural land management and the art and science of soil restoration.
List of speakers
Knepp Castle EstatePenny is Knepp’s resident ecologist, guiding Knepp Safaris and co-ordinating the biological monitoring of the rewilding project. She studied countryside management at Brinsbury College and went on to work with the National Trust, the Sussex Wildlife Trust and then the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. Penny is passionate about biological recording, and loves to enthuse others with wildlife-watching. In her spare time she’s moth trapping, bird-watching, trail running, and volunteering with the RSPB’s Sussex Stone Curlew Project. Penny sits on various committees including Butterfly Conservation’s Sussex branch, the Sussex Mammal Group, the Sussex Dragonfly Group and the Sussex Moth Group.
Knepp Castle Estate
Ted Green is the founding member of the Ancient Tree Forum and works ceaselessly for the protection and greater awareness of our ancient trees.
From 1988 to 2003 Ted was the English Nature Conservation Consultant to the Crown Estate at Windsor. He continues as Conservation Consultant to this day and has been awarded an MBE for his services to ancient trees and conservation.
He has been involved with the Knepp project since its inception when Charlie Burrell and Frans Vera stood in the polders at Oostvaardersplassen. To quote Ted "Knepp is an open university where learning and science are not standing still".
Tim O'Hare Associates
Tim O'Hare has been a professional Soil Scientist for over 20 years, working predominantly in the commercial landscape, sports amenity and regeneration sectors. His particular areas of expertise include topsoil assessment and manufacture, soils for urban tree planting, and brownfield site restoration. Tim is a member of the British Standards Institute working group for Topsoil and Subsoil and he was the project Soil Scientist for the London Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village. He has spent many years investigating tree-planting failures and from this insight has developed practical ideas for successfully establishing trees of all sizes in urban environments.
Claudia Molitor is a composer/artist whose work draws on traditions of music and sound art but also extends to video, performance and fine art practices. Recent work includes Sonorama, a work for a train journey available as an app, The Singing Bridge, a headphone piece for Waterloo Bridge, and 2TwoLO about the first BBC radio transmitter, now housed at the Science Museum.
J & L Gibbons, Landscape Learn
Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect founding Partner of J & L Gibbons established in 1986. Jo studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and serves on several design advisory panels including Historic England, The Forestry Commission and HS2. Her design practice with Neil Davidson is award winning, and together they have founded Landscape Learn in 2016, a new prototype for learning and engaging with the landscape. Jo’s expertise concerns heritage, green infrastructure and urban regeneration and she leads on collaborative cross-disciplinary practice at a strategic and local level. She is external examiner at University of Edinburgh and her recently exhibited work includes ‘Urbanistas’ celebrating innovative women in urban design.
J & L Gibbons, Landscape Learn
Neil is a landscape architect and Partner of J & L Gibbons and Director of Landscape Learn. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art. Neil is particularly interested in a collaborative design approach that reveals synergies between the natural, built and cultural environments. His research explores the use of historic narratives in a contemporary context, to inform designs for healthy and liveable environments. Neil maintains strong links with education. He taught at the Architectural Association and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge, CASS and Edinburgh College of Art. Neil is a Built Environment Expert for CABE at the Design Council, a member of the Lewisham Design Review Panel and a trustee of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve Trust.