Celebrating the Northern Research Station’s 40th anniversary

On Friday May 7, we celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the opening of our Northern Research Station (NRS)

News from Forest Research: June 2010

Various scenes at Northern Research Station’s 40th anniversary celebrationsAn audience of around 100 people attended a series of presentations on the theme of ‘Forest Science in the 2010s’. The Forestry Commission’s Director General, Tim Rollinson, was the opening speaker, followed by Professor Catharine Ward Thompson (Edinburgh College of Art), Professor Peter Freer-Smith (Forest Research’s Chief Scientist), Professor David Miller (MacAulay Institute), and Professor Sir David Read (Sheffield University). All the speakers stressed the important contributions that NRS’s researchers had made and looked forward to continuing collaboration with Forest Research in the future. Copies of some of the presentations will be available shortly on our website.

The seminars were preceded by a buffet lunch attended by 50 former members of staff.

Five previous heads of NRS were among the guests and people had travelled from across Britain and abroad to be present. Dr Chris Quine, the current Head of Station, toasted the achievements of NRS over the last forty years and looked to the future, emphasising the need to maintain the core values of community, commitment and curiosity. Over lunch, staff and guests had a chance to inspect a display of photographs covering the history of the research station.

After lunch, Hamish Howell, who has worked at the research station since it opened, planted a commemorative silver birch produced by the tree breeding programme.

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This and other news stories can be found in the June 2010 issue of FR News, our online newsletter.