Alliance strengthens forestry research in Wales

Farm woodlands, WalesForest Research’s Welsh office has moved to Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, the home of forestry in the university. Our researchers are based at a number of locations across Wales, and all work directly with colleagues based at Forest Research’s other centres in England and Scotland as well as in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government policymakers and academic and research institutions across Wales.

Commenting on the move Tom Jenkins, Head of Forest Research in Wales, said:

“This is a very positive development which coincides with recent organisational changes that have strengthened the science, skills and expertise within Forest Research.  Our two organisations have complementary strengths.”

Welcoming Forest Research to Bangor, John Healey, Professor of Forest Sciences said:

“There are only a small number of institutions in the UK with research expertise relevant to forestry, so it is important that we work closely together.  I have been delighted with the success of our recent collaborations with Forest Research, including joint projects on the modelling of tree regeneration in continuous cover forestry; the bacteria associated with acute oak decline; and modelling the economics of tree diseases, which pose such a large threat to woodlands in Britain.”

Forest Research will continue to work closely with other universities across Wales but both parties are optimistic that the move will foster a further increase in collaboration between the two organisations.

Email and telephone  contact details for Forest Research remain the same, FRiW@forestry.gsi.gov.uk and +44 (0) 300 067 5774; its new postal address is Forest Research Agency, Thoday Building, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2UW.

 

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