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Join us for a day of talks to discuss the revival of a wood culture

posted on September 18, 2013

Sylva has again teamed up with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, to hold a one day course on 30th November.

The day course is designed for anyone with an interest in trees and woodlands. England’s woodlands have provided for our needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood, however in recent decades their care and management has declined. Additionally our woodlands are now facing unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases.

Some have heralded 2013 as a turning point for the fortunes of English Woodlands. Join us to hear and discuss how a revival of a ‘wood culture’ in England may lead to sustainable woodlands and greater quality of life.

The New Sylva

The New Sylva – to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014

Speakers include our Chief Executive, Gabriel Hemery, who will talk about the work of John Evelyn in the 17th Century and the writing of The New Sylva book to be published in 2014. A later session by co-author and artist Sarah Simblet, from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, will follow the making of the 200 botanical, tree and forestscape drawings made especially for the book. TV presenter and journalist Robert Penn will talk of his latest project honouring the ash tree in Britain. Nick Brown from Oxford University will explain the vital role of research carried out in woodlands owned by the university. Sylva’s Alistair Yeomans will explain the role of the Good Woods project and how B&Q have injected financial support and enthusiasm into improving the condition of England’s trees and forests.

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Places are limited. For more information about the course and took book your place, click here.

 

 


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Day course – an extraordinary year for England’s woodlands

posted on July 15, 2013

Following a successful course in 2011, Sylva has again teamed up with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, to hold a one day course: An Extraordinary Year for England’s Woodlands.

This course is designed for people who have in interest in trees and woodlands. England’s woodlands have provided for mankind’s needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood. However in recent decades the care and management of England’s woodlands has declined. Additionally our woodlands are now facing unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases.

However, 2013 has been heralded as a turning point for the fortunes of English Woodlands. This course will detail how a revival of a ‘wood culture’ in England will lead to a greater appreciation of how working with our woodlands sustainably can ensure that they continue to contribute to our quality of life.

Programme details – Saturday November 30th, Oxford

0915 – 0940 Registration

0940 – 0950 Introduction – Dr Robin Buxton

0950 – 1050 The New Sylva – introducing 21st Century forestry to the general public – Dr Gabriel Hemery

1050 – 1115  Coffee/tea

1115 – 1200 Good Woods – How B&Q’s NetPositive initiative is working to improve England’s trees and woods – Alistair Yeomans

1200 – 1300 A celebration of the Ash tree –how people have honoured, worked and used the wood from this now threatened species – Robert Penn

1300 – 1400 Lunch

1400 – 1510 Protecting Trees and woodlands – the research role of Oxford University in the stewardship of woodlands – Dr Nick Brown

1510 – 1540 Tea/coffee

1540 – 1640 The making of The New Sylva – the role of art in reviving a wood culture – Dr Sarah Simblet

1640 – 1700 Summary session – Alistair Yeomans

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For more information about the course and took book your place, click here.

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