SYLVA CEO, Dr Gabriel Hemery, gave a presentation today at the Forest Research conference “Trees, woods and forests in British society” in Edinburgh.
His talk, entitled “Britain’s lost wood culture”, was an invited think-piece and challenged the 100+ delegates to think about the understanding-gap between people and the management of our woods. He compared the love of trees and of wood with people’s fondness for cuddly lambs and their Sunday roast: in both cases people do not want to witness the action in the middle ( i.e. tree felling and lamb slaughter respectively). His central idea is that sustainable forestry needs to be underpinned by a stronger wood culture in Britain.
You can read the abstract of Gabriel’s talk here.