Demonstrating our work and latest research into climate change and tree pests and diseases
News from Forest Research: January 2011
Last autumn Forest Research took part in APF 2010, the biennial International Forestry Exhibition held by CONFOR to showcase UK trees, woods and forests. It provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate our work, including our latest research into climate change and tree pests and diseases. The event was held over three days in September at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and saw over 16,500 visitors attend, from foresters and forest management companies to school children and families. The Forest Research stand showed recent work on climate change, including a display to highlight our work to estimate how much carbon is contained in wood. We also provided activities for around 200 children who visited the stand, teaching them about carbon capture and lock-up.
One of our most popular attractions was a display about tree pests and diseases, which was supplemented by a number of seminars on the subject by Forest Research scientists. Visitors also had chance to see first-hand a harvester with an acoustic measuring tool fitted within the harvester head, which enables assessment of timber quality at the point of tree harvesting. This technology has been developed by Forest Research in conjunction with its partner FibreGen Ltd in New Zealand and is about to be brought to market by a joint-venture spin-out company called Timber Sonics Ltd. We also launched a number of new publications at the event:
- A handbook on Managing native broadleaved woodland
- Bulletin 129: Choice of Douglas fir seed origins for use in British forests
- A Research Note: Climate Change: impacts and adaptation in England’s woodlands
Further details can be found in Forestry Commission publications.
The event enabled much successful engagement with a wide-ranging audience who clearly had a good appetite for the latest information on a broad range of forestry topics.
For more details about our work or the topics showcased at the APF 2010, please contact one of our Research Liaison Officers.