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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.
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.
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.
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
April 11, 2014
BBC Wildlife Magazine: Book of the Month
“This is a beautiful, useful and inspirational book.”
BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2014
April 11, 2014
Listen to the story of Evelyn’s Sylva and The New Sylva on the BBC’s Farming Today programme (11th April 2014):
Piece runs between approx 3:50 and 7:10 mins.
May 8, 2011
I’m being interviewed on BBC Oxford this afternoon between 1315 and 1330. I will be talking about the Sylva Foundation’s latest initiative, TreeWatch, plus the OneOak exhibition currently open at Oxford Botanic Garden.
You can listen to the programme online (skip to 1 hour 16 minutes) for one week only.
April 1, 2011
Today is April Fool’s Day.
Perhaps the most famous April Fool’s Day hoax of all time involved trees. Viewers of a BBC Panorama programme in 1957 were told that due to a combination of favourable growing conditions and a fall in the population of the spaghetti weevil, there was a bumper crop of spaghetti produced in Switzerland that year. Pictures of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting trees laden with spaghetti added to the ruse.
At the time spaghetti was relatively unknown, being a ‘luxury’ product to many British people, even though it was mostly consumed as tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce.
Apparently hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to find out more, including how they could cultivate their own spaghetti tree. Read more