Forest Research at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Giving visitors a taste of the science associated with forestry

News from Forest Research: June 2010

Forestry Commission staff and visitors at the Royal Botanic Gardens EdinburghWe have a long had an association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and this year was invited to make use of the Real Life Science Lab in the new John Hope Gateway building (opened October 2009) to engage with visitors to the garden. Over two afternoons in March and two days in April, as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival, 1500 people were attracted to our events in the Real Life Science Lab.

The aim was to give visitors a taste of the science associated with forestry and to do this in a way that engaged all ages from 5 years upwards.

This is the International Year of Biodiversity so the themes of climate change and biodiversity were linked to the practical aspects of forest management and forest research. Our staff, assisted by Forestry Commission (Scotland) personnel, provided a wide range of activities, such as:

  • Dissecting owl pellets under microscopes
  • Making small wooden animal pencil holders (with tentative links to carbon capture) and
  • A wildlife countryside challenge game (reflecting habitat networks).

There was even a chance to show our more technical genetics research using examples of the locally famous golden Corstorphine sycamore to show clonality.

For more information contact Steve Penny.

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