Monthly Archives: February 2017

The International Day of Forests

The UN’s Forum on Forests is an intergovernmental body to strengthen political commitment and action, and this years’s International Day of Forests is on March 21st.

The website has details of all sorts of activities that the UN is pursuing to support forests; for example both the International Arrangement on Forests, and the Paris Agreement promote the sustainable use of forests.

Sadly, it has to be said that it’s not the world’s clearest website …

 

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Can we have too many trees?

This is a question that Patrick Barkham asked in the Guardian the other day.  Specifically, he was talking about proposals by the Scottish government to increase the country’s forest cover from 17% to 25% by 2050 which have been questioned by two mountain user groups.

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association and Mountaineering Scotland seemed to share concerns over proposals in the Draft Climate Change Plan, which they suggested could threaten the country’s landscape.  As Markham notes, gamekeepers worry about the impact on stalking and shooting, and mountaineers that tourists won’t enjoy endless rambles through woods.  However, Mountaineering Scotland has now said that allowing native forests to return is a positive move.

The Forest of Avon thinks it knows the answer to the question.

 

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Putting forestry into forest education: FEN conference

Here is more detail on the Forest Education Network conference on March 23rd.  FEN says:

The Forest Education Network (FEN) invites everyone with an interest in forest education to this special CPD event at FSC Bishops Wood Centre on Thursday 23rd March 2017.  Forestry is the growing and management of trees for wildlife, people and the economy; and can be applied to woodland spaces large and small.

Whatever your interest – a forest school practitioner, outdoor learning provider, woodland owner or a teacher – if you are using a woodland area to support teaching and learning this event will build your knowledge of trees, woods, forests, their ecology and management.

The day will feature workshop sessions led by national forestry experts to help you manage and utilise the woodland spaces you use for teaching and learning more effectively. Whatever your level of knowledge, the practical sessions will develop your skills and understanding and signpost the best places to go for further information.

The workshops will include:

  • The woodland ecosystem: tree health, species identification and understanding the ecosystem led by the Field Studies Council and the Forestry Commission;
  • Woodland management led by Sylva Foundation, the Royal Forestry Society and Bishops Wood; and
  • Tree planting and aftercare led by the Woodland Trust.

The event takes place at FSC Bishops Wood Centre.  The cost is £50 per delegate – our supporters have contributed to the costs of this event, enabling us to keep costs low.  All income raised through this event will enable the Forest Education Network to continue its work promoting forest education and supporting forest educators.

This event is supported by the Forestry Commission, National Grid, FSC, Woodland Trust and our FEN partners. The Forest Education Network (FEN) promotes the wide range of learning experiences in relation to trees, woods and forests, and is hosted by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. More information about the FEN can be found at www.lotc.org.uk/fen

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Timber!

Timber! is a new website providing free, cross curricular, and creative resources, activities, and practical ideas on British trees and forests and their value.  Many of the resources have been developed and used with young people both indoors and outdoors by teachers and Forest School Leaders in Oxfordshire in partnership with the Sylva Foundation team.

Timber!says:

If you are an early years practitioner, primary or secondary teacher, Forest School Leader or educator at an environmental education centre or museum, you are sure to find inspirational and unique ideas here!  You can also share your own ideas and resources on British trees and forests and their value. Be part of this exciting national resource that aims to increase young people’s connection to our trees and inspires learning about woodlands and forestry and their importance to all our lives.

 

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Autumn Leaves

Johnny Mercer’s iconic song begins:

“The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold

But, the Woodland Trust asked, how many of us know why leaves turn red and gold?

A survey carried out for the Trust last autumn suggests nearly two-thirds of the population (65%) have no idea.  The Trust’s records showed that first tinting of oak was later than usual last year, and due to the recent cooler weather records of full tinting are now being recorded in greater numbers.  The charity’s survey also revealed that a fifth of UK residents interviewed identify the onset of autumn with leaf fall and just over a quarter (26%) when the clocks go back.

You can read the article here.

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Courses at the Bishops Wood Centre

Here are some of the forest / wood-related courses on offer at Bishops Wood in the coming months.

Working with Living Willow – planting, weaving and maintaining – Monday 6th February 1.00 – 5.00 £55

Know your trees – tree ID in the winter and tree stories – Tuesday 14th February 1.00 – 5.00  £55

Making and playing with natural playstructures – Tuesday 4th April 4.30 – 7.30  £45

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Putting the forestry into forest education

The Forest Education Network (FEN) invites us to build our knowledge of trees and woodland alongside national experts.

FEN is inviting everyone with an interest in forest education to this special CPD event at FSC Bishops Wood Centre on Thursday 23rd March 2017.  It says:

Forestry is the growing and management of trees for wildlife, people and the economy; and can be applied to woodland spaces large and small.  Whatever your interest – a forest school practitioner, outdoor learning provider, woodland owner or a teacher – if you are using a woodland area to support teaching and learning this event will build your knowledge of trees, woods, forests, their ecology and management.

You can book your place by clicking here.

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The latest news from Forest Research

Here is some of the latest news from Forest Research:

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