Dr. Gabriel E. Hemery BSc Wales, DPhil Oxf, CEnv, MIEEM, FICFor
Dr Gabriel Hemery is an author, tree photographer, and silvologist (forest scientist). He has written four books, both fiction and non-fiction, and appears regularly on TV and radio talking about trees and the environment. He co-founded an environmental tree charity, the Sylva Foundation, and is currently its Chief Executive.
Gabriel’s first and award-winning book, The New Sylva, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014, celebrating and updating John Evelyn’s 1664 Sylva. His current writing project is a series of guidebooks featuring Britain’s forests, publishing with Bloomsbury Wildlife. His had authored several fiction titles , including two novels, two short story collections, and a poetry anthology. See books.
Gabriel is a semi-professional photographer of trees and forests. His images have been shortlisted for awards, and featured in magazines, books, merchandise, and international advertising campaigns. He has curated exhibitions at a number of UK venues, including Art in Action, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. See photography.
Gabriel has authored more than 100 technical articles, cited in 1,200 articles by other scientists. He has worked widely in collaborative science programmes, ranging from genetic tree improvement to silvo-poultry research. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he created a centre dedicated to hardwood research at Paradise Wood in Oxfordshire, personally planting many tens of thousands of trees.
Gabriel played a key role in Our Forests, working with six other leading environmental campaigners during 2010-11 to save England’s public forests from government disposal.
He has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Woodland Trust’s Conservation Advisory Committee, a Forestry Commission Advisory Committee, and the Board for the UK Tree Charter. Gabriel was a founding trustee of Fund4Trees. He regularly gives technical talks and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford. Gabriel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
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