Native trees of Britain

There are 60 or more trees in Britain that are native, meaning tree species, subspecies or hybrids that have established themselves without the hand of man. Yet only 35 are widespread meaning that the palette is actually quite limited, particularly when the full range of benefits from woodlands are considered, together with threats from environmental change. Read More

Ode to the saw

British children learn about tropical rainforests and deforestation in schools, as part of the national curriculum, but are taught virtually nothing about our own forests. In an increasingly urban world most young people, except those fortunate enough to experience Forest School, will leave education with little understanding of the natural world round them. It’s perhaps unsurprising therefore that the sound of a chainsaw in a British woodland is often associated with destruction rather than rejuvenation. Read More

Resilience requires Awareness and Courage

Over the last few months I’ve been working with colleagues from across the forestry sector on a major report presenting data from a survey about awareness, activities and aspirations to environmental change among woodland owners and managers, and forestry professionals. The report demonstrates that private forestry holds the balance of power in meeting the challenges of… Read More

A growing woodland 2015

The same year that I started planting Paradise Wood, a new forest and centre for forestry research in Oxfordshire, I started recording a view of the former arable farm from the nearby vantage point of the Wittenham Clumps. 2015 is the 19th year of photographing the same view of the landscape, albeit with some gaps… Read More

Our Forests online poster to share

Our Forests has created a poster to be shared online to promote grassroot’s demands to Government concerning the future of England’s forests. With the announcement from the Independent Panel on Forestry just 36 hours away, here’s a chance to remind everyone why the issue is so important. Right click and select Save As to download… Read More

Hobgoblins and wyches

I was lucky enough this week to be given the freedom to explore a unique and wonderful woodland at the UK Prime Minister’s country residence at Chequers: a box woodland. I was there with co-author Sarah Simblet as part of our research for our book: The New Sylva. You can read more about the visit… Read More