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Marina CERVERA -  Marina Cervera Architect and landscape architect, resident under the Villa Le Nôtre International Residencies for Landscape architects programme, 2017 - Spain

Graduate in Architecture and Landscape of the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (PUC) and graduate in Landscaping of PUC, Marina has been awarded several scholarships, e.g. from the Mies van der Rohe Foundation (2001), the Caja de Arquitectos Foundation (2002), CIPP (Landscape Projects and Research Centre, PUC), and the Villa Lenôtre International Residencies for Landscapers programme (2017). In 2014 she obtained her Master’s in Urban Planning (PUC) and is now working towards her doctorate.

Marina’s professional experience has been developed with Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris), the CIPP (PUC), and, since 2003, her professional studio in Barcelona where she works on planning, landscaping, and architecture. She combines her studio work with assignments as Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Office of the Catalonia Architects Association (COAC) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture.

 

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Erick CONSTENSOU - Head of Roads Techniques and Environment Service, Roads Department, Haute Garonne County Council - France

Erick Constensou has a university qualification in Roads and Civil Engineering. He is in charge of the service that defines all the policies for upkeep and maintenance of the road network at the county level (6,140 km, i.e. one the longest in France) and proposes them to the executive body. His work thus concerns roads (structure, surface) and all related works (signage, markings, safety equipment, etc.), all actions pertaining to improvement of road safety, and maintenance of ‘blue and green infrastructures’ (mowing, ditches, and... planting avenues).

A special feature of the Haute Garonne County Council is that it has 62,000 avenue trees, mostly less than 1 m from the edge of the road, combined with a determination to preserve this remarkable natural heritage. Accordingly, the Council has been organized to check the health of every tree, to manage requests for felling, and to ensure that new trees are planted (offset measures)… consistently along county roads.

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Stéphanie de COURTOIS - Lecturer at ENSA-Versailles architecture school, joint head of the Historic Gardens, Heritage,and Landscape Masters programme - France

Stéphanie de Courtois is a Ph.D in Art History. She carries out research into the designers of parks and gardens and teaches at the ENSA-Versailles architecture school where she is joint head of the Historic Gardens, Heritage,and Landscape Masters programme.

Her special research topic is 19th and 20th-century landscape heritage, and she helps towards better consideration of it, particularly through her involvement in a great many bodies in France. She is a member of the ICOMOS IFLA international scientific committee on cultural landscapes. Her recent publications include Esthétique du jardin paysager allemand, co-written with Marie-Ange Maillet and Eryck de Rubercy, Paris, Klincksieck, 2018, and Les jardins et le projet à l’épreuve du changement climatique, co-written with Jean-Michel Sainsard and Denis Mirallié, in Michael Rohde's (editor) Historische Gärten im Klimawandel, Leipzig, Berlin, 2014.

 

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Marie-Madeleine DAMIEN - General Secretary of the association Paysages et Sites de Mémoire de la Grande Guerre (Landscapes and Memorial Sites of the Great War), Professor Emeritus of the University of Lille 1- France

Marie-Madeleine Damien is Professor Emeritus of the University of Lille where she ran the Master’s programme in Tourist Development and Promotion of Heritage from 1996 to 2015.

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Maguelonne DÉJEANT-PONS - Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, Council of Europe

Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons is a Doctor of Law, Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, and manages European Heritage Days, Directorate of Democracy of the Council of Europe.

 

She has published several articles and books dealing with territorial development, protection of coastal and marine zones (La Méditerranée en droit international de l’environnement), biological and landscape diversity, and human rights to the environment (Human Rights and the Environment).

 

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Linda DICAIRE - Landscape architect, member of the ICOMOS-IFLA international scientific committee on cultural landscapes - Canada

Linda Dicaire runs her own landscape architecture and cultural resources management business in the Canadian capital. She has Bachelor's degrees in Landscape Architecture and in Biology and a Master's in Conservation Studies. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (FCSLA) and a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). Linda brings a global view to architecture, landscaping, territorial development, and heritage conservation. She chairs the Heritage Committee for Rockcliffe Park, which has been designated ‘cultural landscape’ in Ontario. She is joint author of the chapter on urban design and landscape history associated with Canada's Parliament Hill that will form part of a book to be published by McGill University Press in 2019. Linda’s main project at the moment is the Centennial Park of the Vimy Foundation, a memorial and peace garden on Vimy Ridge in France that is due to be inaugurated on November 9, 2018.

 

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Katharina DUJESIEFKEN - Agricultural engineer, Coordinator Trees and tree avenues protection, BUND - Germany

Katharina Dujesiefken finished her studies at the University of Rostock in 1986 with a degree in agriculture. She became the head of a department for livestock farming in a state-owned agricultural farm. After a training in business administration, marketing, law and English, followed by residency in England, she worked as a speaker for Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), national association Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and since 2003 has been the leader of the BUND-Project “Tree and Avenue protection”. During this time she qualified as an FLL (Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung Landschaftsbau e.V. )-certified tree inspector and took part in training for tree maintenance at Justus-von-Liebig-School Hannover. She participates in different FLL working groups concerning tree inspection and maintenance as well as in trees and road safety working groups at FGSV (Forschungsgesellschaft für Straßen- und Verkehrswesen e. V.).

 

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Georges FETERMAN - Chairman of A.R.B.R.E.S. - France

Georges Feterman is a high school teacher of earth and life sciences and Chairman of the association A.R.B.R.E.S. (Arbres remarquables, bilan, recherches, études, sauvegarde). He has written books on noteworthy trees in France, in particular Les plus vieux arbres de France, published by Éditions Muséo, and Arbres extraordinaires de France, published by Éditions Dakota.

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Gordon W. FULTON - Former National director of historical research, Parks Canada Agency - Canada

Gordon W. Fulton has a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University (New York). He authored The Canadian Encyclopedia article on the subject of heritage conservation, and the first edition of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Mr. Fulton served as the national director of the Main Street Canada downtown revitalization programme and as the national director of historical research for the Parks Canada Agency, and taught urban conservation at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has 25 years of professional experience with UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, providing expert advice on preparing successful nominations in North America and the Far East and consulting on World Heritage-related projects for the Getty Conservation Institute, among others. He currently serves as Senior Specialist for the Paris-based International Council on Monuments and Sites. Mr. Fulton was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal for his contributions to the field of heritage conservation.

 

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Maria Vittoria GATTI - Chair of “I nostri tigli. Montafia” - Italy

Maria Vittoria Gatti is a retired secondary school teacher. She is from Montafia d’Asti, a small Lower Montferrat village at the edge of an area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. Having always shown the keenest interest in her territorial birthright, she became Chair of the association “I nostri tigli” in November 2013, after the attempt to fell all the trees along the village’s Viale della Rimembranza (Memorial Road). Through her tenacity and ability to bring people together, and with the support of a range of associations and other organizations, she succeeded in stopping the operation once and for all and in having substitutes planted, for which she was awarded the Legambiente prize for Best Protection of a Tree Avenue in 2017. Maria Vittoria is also editing the book “Presente!” that recounts the stories of soldiers from Montafia who fell in the First World War, and of their families.

 

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Paul GOUGH - Professor, RMIT University - Australia

Professor Paul Gough is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President at RMIT University. He is executive head of the College of Design and Social Context, which has over 24,000 students, 700 doctoral students and 1,100 tenured staff.

Paul is a painter, a broadcaster and a writer. He has exhibited globally and is represented in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, London; the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa and the National War Memorial, New Zealand. 

He has published widely in cultural history, cultural geography and heritage studies, and has written or edited eight books, including monographs on the war artists Stanley Spencer and Paul Nash. He has also published work on peace gardens, sites of remembrance, commemorative landscapes, and on the world’s most famous unknown street artist, Banksy.

 

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David LAMBERT - Director, The Parks Agency - United Kingdom

David Lambert is director of the Parks Agency, a consultancy specializing in the conservation and management of historic parks.   Previously the Conservation Officer for the Garden History Society, he has held research fellowships at the University of York and De Montfort University and has been an adviser to three Parliamentary inquiries.  He was a member of the National Trust’s Gardens Panel from 2001 to 2015 and currently serves on a number of advisory panels including Historic England, the World Monuments Fund, the Stowe Advisory Panel and Historic Royal Palaces.  He is also a trustee of the Gardens Trust and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

In 2014, he wrote an Introduction to War Memorial Parks and Gardens for Historic England and also published ‘A Living Monument: memorial parks of the first and second world wars’ in Garden History, 14:2.

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David LAWRY, OAM - Founder of TREENET Avenues of Honour project - Australia

David is the cofounder of TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) in 1997 and the Founder of its Avenues of Honour Project in 2004. Having been born on Anzac Day 1948 his birthday coincides with Australia’s National day of commemoration of WW1 and all subsequent wars in which it has participated. With this legacy he founded the AoH Project in memory of his uncle Lt W C Sheldon. Uncle Claude  served with distinction in the 48th Battalion from 1916 at Pozieres until his mortal wounding on September 27th 1918  assisting the 27th American Division during the advance on Gouy.

In 2009 David took part in the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux as a member of the Unley Concert band and was later interviewed at the Australian memorial at Pozières by the ABC about his vision for Avenues of Honour. It is therefore David’s greatest privilege to be part of the Centennial Australian Memorial Avenue team at Pozières in 2018.

 

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Barthélémy LEMAL - Mayor of Heining-lès-Bouzonville - France

Barthélémy Lemal has been an electrician at the Aciéries de Dillingen steelworks (Germany) since 1973. He has been a member of the works council there for more than 30 years. He has been mayor of Heining-lès-Bouzonville (France) since 2008. A beekeeper since his youth, father and grandfather, his commitment is to serve future generations.

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Dan MARRIOTT- Principal of Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates - United States

Dan Marriott is Principal and founder of Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates, a historic and scenic road preservation planning office located in Washington, DC. Established in 2004, the firm specializes in historic preservation, corridor studies, regional planning strategies, analysis for transportation, gateways and linear corridors. Prior to establishing the firm, Dan was the Director of the Rural Heritage/Historic Roads Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. He is the author of Saving Historic Roads: Design and Policy Guidelines (Wiley, 1998) and Milestones to Mile-Markers (Federal Highway Administration, 2004). He was awarded a prestigious Fitch Foundation fellowship for historic preservation in 2009. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.  

Dan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

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Isabelle MASSON-LOODTS - Journalist, writer, producer - Belgium

Isabelle Masson-Loodts is a journalist, writer, and producer. After an early career in prehistoric archeology, she dropped Neanderthal Man to get her claws into Homo Sapiens 3.0 by becoming a journalist specializing in environmental matters. An indefatigable devotee of the earth, for the last eight years Isabelle has buried herself in what remains of the trenches of the First World War. Her investigation into the environmental sequels of WW1 was the ammunition for the transmedia documentary project “Landscapes at War” (Paysages en Bataille). Since she does not sleep a lot, Isabelle also writes from time to time, particularly for Médor, Pour, Le Vif, and Le Monde.

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Jo-anne MORGAN - PhD (Geography), University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Jo-anne Morgan currently works at the University of Canterbury. Her area of interest is memory in the landscape from an historical and cultural Geography perspective. Jo-anne’s PhD, Arboreal Eloquence.  Trees and Commemoration, explores the ways that commemorative trees have been used to anchor memory in the landscape through the making and marking of place. Her PhD work, which stems from memory in the landscape research she conducted for her masters, is referred to in all studies about memorial avenues.    It shows how trees planted for the likes of war memorial avenues, link the local to the national and international, and produce a landscape that is multifunctional, in which social relations support memory, remembrance, forgetting, silences, erasures, and memory slippage. Outside of work Jo-anne is a keen photographer.

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Erwin PFEIFFER- Board Member of Deutsche Alleenstraße e.V., Deputy Manager, Tourism, of ADAC automobile association - Germany

Erwin Pfeiffer joined the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobilclub) in 1988 after studying geography and urban planning at the Technical University of Munich.

Initially, he was responsible for membership service, the organization of trade fairs and exhibitions and representing ADAC tourism in national and international committees.
In 1992, he took over the management of the Information Service department and was responsible for the restructuring of the touristic distribution channels in the ADAC with almost 200 branch offices.
Since 1997, he has been responsible for the entire range of services offered by ADAC Clubtourism including the main services of route planning, tour advisory material (TourSet), online services and information for special interest e.g. camping.
Until 2014 he was member of the board of Viabono e.V., the nationwide environmental umbrella brand for tourism.
Since 2004, Mr. Pfeiffer is member of the executive board of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Alleenstraße e.V. He belongs to the research advisory board of dwif e. V., consulting and research for the tourism and leisure industry and every two years he is part of the jury of the German Tourism Award of DTV (Deutscher Tourismusverband).
In his leisure time, as president, he leads the Porsche Club Isartal-München e.V. and is board member for Event and Touring in the umbrella organization of Porsche Club Deutschland e.V.

 

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Angelo PORTA - Consultant to Legambiente - Italy

Angelo Porta is a counsellor of Legambiente, the leading Italian association for environmental protection with more than 100,000 members. His main area of environmental interest is trees and tree-lined roads in Italy. Angelo’s action started as a result of unmotivated tree felling along roads in Asti province where he lives, fighting local public administrations by writing in newspapers, organizing events, developing presentations, gathering many info about Italian laws and performed actions in a 200+ page e-book. Angelo is also the author of Roatto nella Grande Guerra, a book about the soldiers from a small village in the Lower Monferrato who lost their lives in the First World War. He has a degree in electronic engineering and works as a computer engineer for large ITC projects in Italy and around the world.

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Chantal PRADINES - Managing Director of ALLÉES-AVENUES / avenues of the future / - France

Chantal Pradines, graduate engineer of the École Centrale, Paris, is the Managing Director of the association ALLÉES-AVENUES / avenues of the future /. She is an Expert appointed to the Council of Europe, and she authored the report Road infrastructures: tree avenues in the landscape. Chantal was involved as scientific advisor on the “Landscape memory – Repatriation of the Vimy Oaks” project for the Canadian Centennial Park memorial. She participates regularly in conferences on tree avenues, in France and abroad, and has written around fifty articles on the subject in French and other books and magazines. Chantal chairs the jury of the “Tree Avenue Prize” of Sites & Monuments, and she has been behind changes to French legislation on protection of tree avenues.

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Stuart READ - Landscape architect, horticulturist, expert member of ICOMOS-IFLA international scientific committee on cultural landscapes - Australia

Stuart Read is a landscape architect, bureaucrat and educator on landscapes. He helps the New South Wales Heritage Council identify, list, assess and manage key places and sites.  Stuart has worked for the Australian Heritage Commission and Environment Australia's world heritage & biodiversity units. He has studied gardens in Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, including a 2005 Pratt Foundation overseas fellowship study tour of, then in 2010 he led a tour of Spanish historic gardens. Stuart has been an expert member of ICOMOS-IFLA’s international scientific committee on cultural landscapes since 2008. He contributed to the National Trust (NSW) book Interwar Gardens:: a guide to the history, conservation and management of gardens of 1915-1940 (2003), The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (2002) and Gardens of History & Imagination: Growing New South Wales (2016). Stuart wrote Spanish lessons for Australian Gardens... (2005) and contributes to Garden Drum and Australian Garden History.

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Chris RUST - Co-chair, STAG - Sheffield Tree Action Groups - United Kingdom

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Béatrice SAUREL - Artist, landscaper, arborist, chromatotherapist - France

Fascinated by the strength of colour and the possibilities it offers for creations in the landscape—especially woods and gardens—, in the last ten years or so, Béatrice Saurel has been in charge of collective and individual works showcasing the energy of trees. After a number of interpretations of healing trees (rag trees) in conjunction with Michel Racine - in the woods of the International Gardens Festival, Chaumont sur Loire (2009, 10 and 11) and the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art (2010) -, after the creation and installation of the workshop “Colour/Space” for the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (landscape architecture school) in Versailles, Béatrice has created a number of healing gardens in retirement homes. Her passion for trees led to her becoming an arborist in order to better care for trees, better talk about them, and better defend them.

Aware of the importance of teaching and conveying information, in the last ten years she has been the driving force behind collective works in more than 23 kindergarten and primary-school classes under a “Local artistic education contract” with the French Ministry of Education. In 2016, her “Champs de paix” (1500 m²) installation commemorating the Battle of the Somme, commissioned by Amiens Métropole, was the work of 24 classes during school time, several young person's workshops, residents of a care home, and clubs and associations.

 

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William TROMP - Delegate, SFA (Société Française d’Arboriculture) - France

William Tromp, manager of Vertical Paysage, a company specializing in tree maintenance and pruning, was trained as a climbing arborist in 2004. Elected to the regional committee of UNEP (national union of landscaping contractors), and a member of the Occupational Technical Group for “Tree Trimming”, William is the SFA (Société Française d’Arboriculture) delegate for north-eastern France.

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Piotr TYSZKO-CHMIELOWIEC - "Roads for Nature" programme leader, Fundacja EkoRozwoju - Poland

Piotr Tyszko-Chmielowiec, Ph.D. is conservationist and arborist, initiator and leader of the “Roads for Nature” avenue conservation programme at Foundation for Sustainable Development in Wrocław. Founder and Director of Tree Institute, a training and consulting institution, operator of the Certified Tree Inspector course. Forester by education, graduate of Warsaw Agricultural University (M.S.) and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA (Ph.D.).

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Glenn WILLIAMS - Director, TREENET - Australia

Glenn has enjoyed the role of Director of TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) since January 2013.

In a past life, Glenn has a background as a former school teacher and adult educator; followed by professional career in local government as a Natural Resources Officer and personal involvement in the care and conservation of natural areas for over 30 years.

As a former Natural Heritage Manager with the National Trust of South Australia, Glenn commanded the Trust’s Register of Significant Trees.  His experience supporting the panel of significant tree experts, only serves to increase his love affair with culturally significant trees. Glenn continues to support this work of the National Trust.

As Director of TREENET, Glenn’s passion for heritage tree conservation is rewarded with a focus on Australia’s living memorials through the national Avenues of Honour project.