International Year of Forests

Forest Research supporting three public-orientated events at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden

News from Forest Research: March 2011

International Year of Forests logoThe United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (IYF) to help raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Forest Research is helping this initiative in a number of ways and is supporting three public-orientated events at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. Two of the events have now taken place, with the third planned for April.

The first event, held in January, was run with the Sylva Foundation and provided an opportunity for the public to learn about the One Oak project and how Forest Research’s scientists have contributed to this work. A range of hands-on activities and learning opportunities were available for children and adults. For more details see www.sylva.org.uk/oneoak.

The second event, entitled Fantastic Forests, was held in February and was carried out with Forestry Commission Scotland and the Tweed Valley Osprey Volunteers. Similarly, this event provided the public with hands-on experiences and the opportunity to speak to scientists face-to-face. The range of activities covered subjects including photosynthesis and carbon capture, dendrochronology (the study of tree rings), owls, ospreys and current forest pests and diseases.

Children at an International Year of Forests event in 2011In total, these two weekend events attracted around 900 people of all ages, with many visitors taking time to participate in the activities. There was much positive feedback and comments included:

“Really impressive communication of science. Very enthusiastic, pleasant staff.”
“We found out a lot about pine weevils, owls and trees – fascinating. A very good way of giving information, thank you.”
“What a fantastic idea to get the kids interested – lots of fun!”

Our next IYF event will be on 14–15 April (during the Edinburgh International Science Festival) in the Real-life Science Lab at the Royal Botanic Garden.

For more information contact Steve Penny, Research Liaison Officer (Scotland).

More details about the IYF.

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This and other news stories can be found in the Spring 2011 issue of FR News, our online newsletter.