A new oak forest

posted on January 31, 2011
Singing around the OneOak sculpture

Singing around the OneOak sculpture. Photo Angus Beaton

One hundred guests, including children from our partner primary schools, returned to the site where the OneOak tree was felled one year ago.  They came to celebrate the life of the OneOak tree and to plant a new generation of oak trees.

We unveiled a stunning sculpture by Simon Clements, sang tree planting ‘shanties’ written by musician Sarah Morgan, and planted trees with the support of Nicholson Nurseries.  The sculpture was unveiled by His Grace the Duke of Marlborough today, and into the future the new forest will be tended by his expert foresters.

Forty school children came today, five representing each of the classes, while their classmates will all be coming to the site over coming days to plant their own trees: reaching a total of 250 new oak trees by the end of the week.

OneOak tree planting

OneOak tree planting. Photo Angus Beaton

You can hear a report on the day on BBC Radio Oxford at 1650 today, and see the day in pictures on BBC1 Oxford News today at 1830.  Missed it?  Click here to watch the BBC film


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Sylva contributes to BBC debate

posted on January 27, 2011
Gabriel Hemery on BBC Newsnight January 2011

Our Chief Executive, Dr Gabriel Hemery, was interviewed for the BBC Newsnight’s film about Government’s proposals to sell some, or all, of the public forest estate in England.

Gabriel was interviewed with other leading figures of English forestry and woodland-related organisations, including ConFor’s Stuart Goodall, and Sue Holden of the Woodland Trust.  A studio discussion followed the film.

The media interest preceeded the Government’s long-awaited public consultation that is expected to be published today.  We released our own position statement on this issue last week.

The programme was broadcast on Wednesday 27th January.  For the next seven days you can watch the TV programme on the BBC website (skip to 26 minutes through the programe to watch the forests film).

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Oak tells a story

posted on January 7, 2011
Oak tells a story

download pdf of article

An article about the research activities undertaken in our OneOak project has been published in the Chartered Forester magazine.

Our CEO Gabriel Hemery co-wrote the article with James Morison, from the Centre for Forests and Climate Change at Forest Research, to tell the extraordinary scientific stories behind what has become one the most studied trees in Britain.  They explain the tree measuring, laser scanning, volume and weight work, the calculation of embodied carbon, dendrochronology studies, and wood footprinting.

We are very grateful to Institute of Chartered Foresters for allowing us to provide the article as a free download.

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OneOak story told in Living Woods magazine

posted on January 4, 2011

OneOak is featured in a four page spread in the current issue of Living Woods magazine.

The main article was written by our CEO Gabriel Hemery, with editorial stories featuring two of our OneOak partners: green woodworker Martin Damen, and Nick Bainbridge the forester at Blenheim Palace.

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TreeWatch in the national news

posted on November 22, 2010

Our TreeWatch initiative recently featured in a national newspaper in an article published in the Mirror.

The article encouraged people to “Do good feel good” by adopting a tree in TreeWatch.

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Sylva on BBC Radio this Sunday

posted on November 19, 2010

Our Chief Executive, Dr Gabriel Hemery, is appearing on BBC Radio Oxford on Sunday morning (21st November) from 0900-1200, to talk about the work of the Sylva Foundation, and about all things sylvan (trees, forests and woods).

You can listen again.

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OneOak at ArtinAction

posted on July 21, 2010
OneOak stand at ArtinAction 2010

OneOak stand at ArtinAction 2010

Our stand at Art in Action at Waterperry attracted a lot of interest.

We received a good write up in the Oxford Mail and local papers (despite the typo of our name). Read more

Category: Media Coverage

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OneOak programme to be broadcast on Sky TV on Sunday

posted on May 7, 2010

The half hour programme about Sylva’s OneOak project, following the life story of one oak tree, will be broadcast on Sunday 9th May at 13:30 on Sky Channel 171.

This is its fourth broadcast on the channel this week.  The programme was made by Country Channel TV, and you can watch it anytime online here.

Category: Media Coverage

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Oak is down but not out

posted on April 23, 2010

Peter Barrington says the felling on an oak has helped understanding of trees and woodland management.

Oxford Times, Weekend, pp. 26-27, Thursday, April 22nd 2010

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myForest article in Forestry and Timber News

posted on April 8, 2010

The April 2010 ( #38 ) issue of ConFor’s magazine, Forestry and Timber News contains a full page article promoting the myForest service to the forestry sector at large.

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