Award-winning article

Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) awards the Alan Mitchell Memorial Award to Dr Suzanne Martin

News from Forest Research: October 2012

Left to right: Jane Karthaus (Communications Director, Confor), Bob Dunsmore, Suzanne Martin and Chris Inglis

Every year, the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) awards the Alan Mitchell Memorial Award to the best article published in Forestry and Timber News. This year’s winning article was a piece written by Dr Suzanne Martin while she was Research Liaison Officer (England) for Forest Research. Her article was entitled ‘Species and provenance choice in a changing climate’.

The prestigious award is in memory of the late Alan Mitchell, an internationally acclaimed dendrologist and a great communicator. Confor invites an external judge to choose the winner and this year’s judge was Bob Dunsmore, formerly of Forestry Commission Scotland.

Bob reported:

“Selecting one article proved to be a challenging task. By their nature, articles are succinct and to the point, whilst retaining the opportunity for opinion and debate. I found a great diversity of praiseworthy articles under the forestry banner. However, I have opted for Dr Suzanne Martin’s article. It is well written, giving a clear account of current work on provenance research and trials.

“Suzanne provides a reassuring insight into the extent of collaboration involved in this work, both domestic and international. She reflects joined-up thinking around all the issues related to the subject and provides access to further reading on all the points discussed. She emphasises the long-term nature of the subject and the need to look at historical information, emerging techniques for modelling and the establishment of new trials. The article leaves us with a feeling that this subject, crucial to the future of forestry, is in safe hands.”

Suzanne now works for the Scottish Government’s ClimateXChange centre at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, but returned to Forest Research’s Northern Research Station to receive the award from Bob Dunsmore and Confor’s executive director, Chris Inglis.

More information about our work on species and provenance choice.

The award-winning article (PDF-456K)