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Talking resilient woods on BBC Radio

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Gabriel Hemery being interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Farming Today, 11 September 2015

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

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

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

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Wood and Trees – War and Remembrance

July 1, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

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

 

Review by BBC Wildlife Magazine

April 11, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

BBC Wildlife Magazine: Book of the Month

“This is a beautiful, useful and inspirational book.”

BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2014

New Sylva on BBC Farming Today

April 11, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

Listen to the story of Evelyn’s Sylva and The New Sylva on the BBC’s Farming Today programme (11th April 2014):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zr1zd

Piece runs between approx 3:50 and 7:10 mins.

BBC Radio Oxford interview

May 8, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

BBC Radio OxfordI’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.

Gabriel Hemery

The spaghetti tree

April 1, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

BBC spaghetti harvest

BBC spaghetti harvest of 1957

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

Gabriel Hemery

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