Search

Categories

Art (27)
Media (16)
News (19)
Schools (17)
The Tree (10)
Wood (60)

Sylva Blog

The oneoak blog is part of the SYLVA Foundation blog which contains news about the organisation and all our initiatives.

Mailing List

Subscribe here to receive news from the blog every week in your email.
77 posts. Go to page
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Ensuring forests are resilient is a key part of the mission of the Sylva Foundation, which is why we invest in promoting and conducting research on sustainable forest management.

Louise Hill in Wytham Woods. Photo John Cairns

Louise Hill, Oxford-Sylva scholar, in Wytham Woods. Photo John Cairns

For the fourth academic year in a row, Sylva has supported a DPhil student in the Department of Plant Sciences with the Oxford–Sylva Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Current Oxford-Sylva Scholar Louise Hill, now in the second year of her DPhil, was interviewed recently for the university’s major fundraising campaign Oxford Thinking. She talks about her research, which focusses on ash dieback and its ecological consequences in British woodlands, and what it meant to receive our support. The full interview is available to read on the Oxford Thinking campaign pages – read here

Together with the University of Oxford, we are keen to raise funds to support more scholars of the highest calibre. Currently we meet the costs of the scholarship from our own core funds but this is sustainable only in the medium term. Our aim is work with other donors to secure the scholarship in perpetuity. We welcome expressions of interest from individuals or companies who would like to find out more about the scholarship and how they could support it.

Read more about the scholarship

 


Our thanks to Oxford Thinking for permission to feature the interview, and to John Cairns for the photograph.

British Woodlands Survey 2014

British Woodlands Survey 2014

Participation in the British Woodlands Survey 2014 so far has been excellent – some 520 people have taken part in Welsh and English. Between them, they own or manage almost 56 thousand hectares (3% of privately owned woodland in the UK). The focus of this year’s survey is on Ancient Woodland and Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS), and we are particularly encouraged that respondents own or manage over 14 thousand hectares of these areas, which is almost certainly over 5% of the total.

This represent an encouraging response, yet we would welcome even more responses from woodland owners who may be less certain that they own ancient woodland or those for whom engaging in any management activities in their woodland is difficult. Responses to date have indicated a very high level of knowledge about ancient woodlands and PAWS (though, interestingly, perhaps somewhat lower levels of certainty about identifying these types of woodland), but more information will help enrich these findings considerably.

As one respondent remarked

“We don’t own any PAWS . . . however that doesn’t mean we don’t think it is important . . .”

And in terms of helping shape future advice , another respondent remarked:

“We are a charity with not much knowledge of how to manage our woodland and not a great deal of time to commit. Any partner work, information and advice would be much appreciated!”

 There is one more week left to participate – please do spare 15 minutes if you can to add your insights.

Click here to take the survey

Take the T20Q survey

Take the T20Q survey

Researchers from around the world are gathering this week at the IUFRO 24th World Congress in Salt Lake City to discuss the future, and the related challenges, facing forests and forest management in the 21st century. This comes hard on the heels of the climate talks in New York in late September, where forests were high on the agenda, the CGIAR Development Dialogues, which aired synergies (and, importantly, gaps) between forestry, agriculture and other land-use sectors, and a Colloquium on Forests and Climate organised by Columbia University and CIFOR, at which leading thinkers considered how we could ‘change the future by challenging the present’.

All of these events provide a ‘sort of scientific crystal ball to give glimpses into the years ahead and discuss how to meet and adapt to coming challenges’, as Congress Spotlight 17 so eloquently put it!

The T20Q project is also a crystal ball and is asking, this time ‘non-leading’ thinkers, to add their no-less-important thoughts to the questions of where forestry’s priorities lie for research and policy.

T20Q – ‘top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes’ is a project within the broader Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative, led by CIFOR and its Partners. It follows a highly successful ‘T10Q’ project for British foresters, but this time extends the call for questions in three languages to a wider community of people involved with forestry and landscapes. It is being co-ordinated by the Sylva Foundation, a leading UK charity promoting evidence-informed forestry.

Response has been excellent so far – reaching people in more than 104 countries, and engaging many more young people and women than is usual with surveys in our field! We have received well over 3000 questions, but we would like to use the opportunity of engaging with the ‘IUFRO family’ now gathered in Salt Lake City to urge them to add their voices and to encourage people in their home institutions also to join the T20Q conversation.

The survey takes less than 30 minutes. Take part if you think:

  • we need to recalibrate how forests are presented in mainstream politics
  • too few people are involved in setting research and policy agendas
  • we should talk about forestry in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • ‘traditional’ forestry topics are being side-lined in the pursuit of broader linkages

 

Take part in the Survey: you can input in English, French or Spanish.

Visit the CIFOR booth (numbers 1103 & 1202) in the Congress Exhibition for more information about T20Q and Evidence-Based Forestry.

We look forward to hearing your stimulating questions!

Have a wonderful conference!

Gillian Petrokofsky, University of Oxford Research Fellow & CIFOR Senior Research Associate
Gabriel Hemery, CEO, Sylva Foundation
Peter Holmgren, DG, CIFOR

This article appeared first in the IUFRO blog

Climate Change Award 2014 case studies

Climate Change Award 2014 case studies

Following the successful launch by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) of the Woodland Climate Change Award in 2014, a series of case studies have been released by the RFS. The award was supported by the Sylva Foundation, whose CEO Gabriel Hemery acted as judge and authored the case studies.

The case studies can be downloaded here

t20Q the story so far

The T20Q project offers an opportunity for everyone involved in forestry, agriculture and landscapes to identify the priority areas for future, high-quality research – and, ultimately, for policy.

Already we’ve received nearly 2000 questions, but the more questions we receive the better: we will have a richer mix of voices, a broader perspective on people’s priorities, and more robust evidence in the future.

Completing the survey will take just 15 minutes of your time: http://forestryevidence.com/t20q/

 

t20q the story so far

visit www.ForestryEvidence.com/t20q to find out more

77 posts. Go to page
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
SYLVA

Charity registered in
England and Wales 1128516
and in Scotland SC041892

Company limited by guarantee 06589157

Copyright © 2009-14 Sylva Foundation. All rights reserved.

 
ABOUT SYLVA SYLVA PROJECTS SUPPORT US
Summary
History
People
News
Contact Us
myForest
Good Woods
SilviFuture
Living Ash Project
Forestry Horizons
OneOak
Donate
Volunteer
Shop



Sylva Foundation, Manor House, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RA    Tel: 01865 408018    info@sylva.org.uk