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Expanding into the suburbs to back up restoration in small remnants and reconstructed linkages: Can we collaborate with urban designers and where will the seed come from?

Why we are getting together.

Whether you’re involved in planting 20 trees in a fragmented urban remnant or 2 million for a biodiversity offset, having access to a sufficient quantity of high-quality seed, from a broad range of species, is essential for restoring ecosystems that are healthy and resilient over the long-term.

Given development pressures, climate change and declining space for connectivity across the Greater Sydney Basin and beyond, there is an increasing need for restorationists, plant producers and landscape architects to collaborate on ensuring natives of the correct provenance and genetics are conserved as well as planted within urban spaces.

Who will be there.

The Seeds for the Future forum brings together people from the bush regeneration, revegetation, nursery and landscape architecture sectors to set the scene for future collaborations and introduces the insightful ‘Healthy Seeds’ project that is poised to offer practical solutions for all players.

What the day will hold.

The one-day forum will include in-depth discussion topics and a showcase of practical case studies that will provide background, identify issues and suggest solutions. The forum has been structured to ensure optimum delegate participation by including deliberation time at the end of each session, which will then inform an expert plenary panel to draw together the delegates concerns and create a roadmap to guide future strategies and investment across the Greater Sydney area.

If you can’t make it you can still experience it.

Money raised from ticket sales and donations to regenTV will enable the forum to be recorded and shared with those unable to attend on the day. Donations can be made here


Ticket Type
to 15/9/19   
Full price 
AABR/ANPC member
$ 75
$ 85
Standard – non member     
$ 115
$ 130
$ 55
$ 60
$ 20
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The Program

The program is almost finalised , the speakers and their topics will be updated.

The Morning Session

The grey-matter will be engaged during throughout the morning session where thought provoking discussions, led by experts in the fields of restoration, seed provenance, seed production and offset planning, will explore the issues of seed diversity and supply and how the planning sector impacts and interacts across the Greater Sydney basin.

The thought provokers are:

  • Tein McDonald – Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
  • Paul Gibson-Roy – Healthy Seeds project
  • Martin Driver – Australian Network for Plant Conservation
  • Greg Steenbeeke – Dept Planning Infrastructure Environment

The Afternoon Session

After lunch a series of short & snappy speed talks will provide food for thought on how local government, not-for-profits, Local Land Services and OEH have been addressing seed production and supply to ensure resilience in remnants and connectivity across the landscape

The on-ground gurus are

  • Sam Craigie – Greening Australia
  • Maree Whelan – Greater Sydney Local Land Services
  • Katie Littlejohn – Office of Environment & Heritage
  • Michael Kniepp – Northern Beaches Council

The Plenary Panel

Fully charged with information and ideas, the highlight of the forum will be the expert panel plenary discussion exploring the implications for practitioners, identifying the barriers and opportunities for achieving a reliable, genetically appropriate seed supply and assessing the costs and benefits of different interventions and developing a roadmap for the future

Panellists include all the speakers and representatives from –

  • Cumberland Plain Seeds – Tim Berryman

Summary Schedule : What’s happening and when

The schedule is subject to change and will be updated as the final speakers are confirmed.

The time
The Topic
7:45 – 8:35am
Registrations, early morning cuppa and catch-up
8:35 – 8:45
8:45 – 8:55
Welcome to Country
8:55 – 9:05
Keynote Speaker
9:05 – 10:15
Thought provoking presentations(3 speakers)
10:15 – 10:35
Discussion on morning session1
10:35 – 10:55
Morning tea
10:55 – 11:25
Presentation / case study (2 speakers)
11:25 – 12:20
Discussion on morning session 2
12:20 – 1:05
1:05 – 1:45
Short & Sharp case studies (4-5 speakers)
1:45 – 3:20
Plenary panel and Forum outcomes
3:20 – 4:00pm
Afternoon tea and networking