SilviFuture marked Climate Week by unveiling a new-look for its free knowledge-sharing database for woodland growers wanting to identify and plant resilient tree species – and has launched an appeal for added data!
SilviFuture, a partnership by Sylva Foundation, Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Silvanus Trust and Royal Forestry Society (RFS), was first piloted in October 2013 and, following feedback from users, has been upgraded and expanded:
- Details of more than 700 stands of novel species have been added.
- A traffic light signal to help identify those species where information is urgently required.
- Facilities for uploading photographs.
- Additional species.
- An improved search function, including synonyms.
- A film, presented by Sylva’s Gabriel Hemery, has also been released and is available on the website’s frontpage.
The partners behind the SilviFuture network are urging woodland growers and managers to check out the information on more than 700 stands of ‘novel’ trees already on the database – and add data from their own stands, so that knowledge can be shared to ensure healthy woodlands and a home-grown timber industry for the future.