July 16, 2014
I am currently working on a global crowdsourcing project T20Q, which stands for Top 20 Questions for Forestry and Landscapes. T20Q encourages the forestry community to pose what they consider to be the key questions that should guide research and policy.
If you work in forestry, or have an interest as a business professional, student or retired individual, the project team are keen to hear from you. So far over 1000 questions have been received from more than 70 countries. Why not have your say? Visit the T20Q website.
I was interviewed recently by journalist Julie Mollins. Read the interview on the Global Landscapes Forum
T20Q is a project run by multiple partners. The website is hosted by the Sylva Foundation at: http://forestryevidence.com/t20q/
July 15, 2014
July 1, 2014
I recently joined Paul Gough and Gail Ritchie to discuss, with presenter Samira Ahmed, the meaning of trees and wood in war and peacetime for BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking.
Discussions ranged from Paul Nash’s paintings of blasted tree stumps in the first world war and the army’s amazing periscope trees, to today’s commemorative planting initiatives. James Taylor from the Imperial War Museum also shared some fascinating insights into the role of wood in the Great War.
The programme is broadcast today at 22:00 or you can catch up afterwards via the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking web page
I escaped to France last week during the hiatus of the launch of The New Sylva – appropriately enough losing myself among the bocage and marais in Normandy.
There, Spring was well advanced yet the mornings full of misty promise. I stayed with my family in the very beautiful Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (read more). I was amazed by the amount of mistletoe present on the trees among the hedgerows and marshes, which grew on nearly all tree species. Its favourite host appeared to be poplar.
I waited in the cold with my camera early one morning until the mist just accentuated the amazing growths of mistletoe on this poplar tree, while the top of the tree itself was lost in the low mist. There, down on the lowest part of the marais (marsh), skylark and moorhen accompanied me to the waking of a new dawn.
My article celebrating the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s 1664 Sylva has been published in the international weekly journal of science Nature.
Hemery, G (2014) In retrospect: Sylva. Nature, 507, 166–167, (13 March 2014), doi:10.1038/507166a