I was interviewed recently about work I am helping lead on the British Woodlands Survey with the Sylva Foundation— this year exploring adaptation to environmental change. The piece was featured this morning BBC Radio 4 Farming Today.
Gabriel Hemery being interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Farming Today, 11 September 2015
I had arranged to meet BBC journalist Ruth Sanderson at the University of Oxford’s Wytham Woods, perhaps one of the most studied woodlands in the UK, along with its Conservator Nigel Fisher. It was an ideal location to discuss environmental change and how woodland owners can respond, especially given the breadth of research underway in the woodland. I have supervised the work of two Oxford graduates in Wytham Woods; the first studied cord-forming fungi, and the current student is researching ash dieback.
BBC Radio 4 Farming Today
You can listen to the programme again here.
If you own or manage a woodland, or work as a professional in the forestry sector, the Sylva Foundation and its partners are keen to hear your views about environmental change. Please do try to find the time (15-20 minutes) to complete the survey.
Please take the survey
Environmental change is impacting Britain’s trees and forests with increasing frequency and severity, caused by human influences and/or natural ecological processes.
Somerset owner William Theed replanted with different conifer species when Japanese larch in his woodland was the first in the UK attacked by Phytophthora ramorum. Photo Gabriel Hemery.
An important national survey about environmental change is seeking to explore awareness, actions and aspirations among all those who care for trees. It is open until 15th September and I encourage all those with a deep interest or professional connection with trees and forestry to take part.
If you can spare about 20 minutes you will be guided through a set of questions tailored to your role (namely woodland owner, professional forester or arboriculturist, tree nursery owner etc.). These cover the following broad themes:
- What do you think about environmental change?
- Have you been affected by environmental change?
- What are you doing about making our trees and forests more resilient to environmental change?
Survey co-ordinators the Sylva Foundation report that over 1000 responses have been received to date (see Twitter), which is impressive, but more responses will mean more powerful science and better informed policies. This is an opportunity for many new voices to be heard on a very important subject.
Please take the survey
More about the British Woodlands Survey 2015
The national survey is aiming is to help understand progress in awareness and actions in adapting to environmental change among woodland owners and managers (including agents), tree nursery businesses, and forestry professionals.
The information gathered will be used by organisations, policy makers and researchers to help improve the resilience of the nation’s forests. The results will inform the government’s National Adaptation Programme.
The British Woodlands Survey 2015 on Resilience is supported by a very wide number of organisations, with funding provided by the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust. It is hosted and co-ordinated by the Sylva Foundation.
The survey is live from July 31st to September 15th 2015.
Take the survey: www.sylva.org.uk/bws
Moody treescape by Gabriel Hemery
I like how the trees and mist look like clouds. Shot on the Winter Solstice.
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Granny Scots pine aglow – my shortlisted entry for the 2014 FSC Photo Competition
I’m delighted that my image — Granny Scots pine aglow — has been shortlisted in the 2014 Photo Competition run by the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC.
They want the public to vote for their favourite image via Facebook. To see my image among amazing images by other photographers, and to find out how to vote, visit the FSC website.
The Tree Photographer
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