Three Words For Forest: exploring uncertainty in a time of climate crises

three words for forest

11th – 12th June, 2024

James Arnott Theatre, Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue Glasgow G12 8QQ

A new play drawing on interviews with forestry practitioners. How are forests adapting to climate change? What are the human roles in this?

Three Words for Forest draws on 30 interviews with forest practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from across sectors and geographies to explore the challenges, complexities, hopes and fears of working with trees and forests in a time of climate crisis.

Humans need trees and forests. But do trees and forests need us to survive? Or are we simply interfering with their natural processes? How are trees and forests adapting to climate change? How do human actions and decisions impact on these processes? How do we understand, live and work with these complexities and uncertainties?

This verbatim play brings together a professional creative team of actors, artists and musicians, who open up new ways of listening to voices of experience. Presented as part of the final Future of UK Treescapes conference, Three Words for Forest offers a one-off opportunity to come together differently around forestry questions that affect us all.


Performances are free but there is limited availability. If you book a place but find you are unable to come, please cancel your booking so that someone else can use your place. Book at Eventbrite

Tue 11 June, 7.30pm -9pm

Wed 12 June, 2.10pm -3.40pm

There is also a workshop on Thu 13 June9-10.30am, for those who attended either performance. This workshop offers the opportunity to reflect collectively on some of the questions raised by and explored in Three Words for Forest. Places for this workshop are limited to 25. The workshop will be held in the Glasgow University Union, 32 University Ave, Glasgow G12 8LX

Three Words for Forest is led by Professor Dee Heddon and Dr Rachel Clive and is a creative research output of the interdisciplinary project, newLEAF – UK Treescapes. It is a research collaboration between the University of Glasgow, Forest Research, The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Gray’s School of Art, and is funded by UK Research and Innovation.


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