Future research requirements for forestry in England

The Independent Panel on Forestry sponsored Forest Research to host a workshop, held on 9 November 2011, to identify the strengths and opportunities of the current research programmes and make recommendations for future research priorities for forestry in England.  The workshop was attended by a range of participants from the research, policy and practitioner communities.  A… Read More

England’s forests in 2050 – looking back from the future

Where we could be – with vision, national effort and political support England’s woods and forests are embraced as vital to the health, wealth and well-being of the Nation and its people – recognised as having a key role in curbing climate change and enabling human society and wildlife to contend with its impacts. The… Read More

Environmental consciousness awakens

I wrote a year ago about Environmental Consciousness, when I created this image to encourage reflection of our collective responsibility towards the future of mother Earth. The landmark United Nations climate conference at Durban that ended December 9th 2011, reached consensus to start negotiations on a new accord that would place all countries under the… Read More

The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees

Tommorow a major report will be released: The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees: Perspectives from the forestry and woodland sector. It marks the International Year of Forests in 2011. The report was featured in the Independent Newspaper today. The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees report was led by the… Read More

Threatened walnut forests

Sheltering in the south-western Tian Shan mountains exist a unique yet threatened forest found nowhere else on Earth. These forests are the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan. Last month I attended an international conference concerning the sustainable management of the forests (see my travel photos). The walnut-fruit forests are considered a biodiversity hotspot of global importance.… Read More

Exploring cultural and social issues around forests and woodlands

Last week I attended a workshop organised by Defra designed to feed into the work of the Independent Forestry Panel that is charged with reviewing the future for England’s trees, woods and forests. The subject was the cultural and social issues around forests and woodlands in England. Around 25 people attended, by invitation only, many… Read More

New frontiers in forest economics

Investing in growing trees as a profitable venture is a challenging endeavour.  Perhaps today, more than ever before, there are a number of factors that are coinciding, with the potential to revolutionise forestry finances: after all, a forest reliant on Government handouts is not a sustainable forest.  Here a review of the main actors. Forest… Read More