Sylva Foundation has teamed up with the National Trust to turn trees lost to Ash dieback into a range of hand-crafted stools, made at the Sylva Wood School.
A research paper of considerable importance has been published today, which estimates the cost of ash dieback in Britain to be £15 billion. Sylva Foundation took a central role in the work, the research being led by Oxford-Sylva scholar Dr Louise Hill while she completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford under the Oxford-Sylva Graduate Scholarship programme (now sadly lapsed due to lack of funding). Sylva Foundation CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery acted as an external supervisor for Dr Hill, and is a co-author of the paper.
We congratulate Louise Hill on successfully defending her DPhil at the University of Oxford. Louise is the third (and sadly final) Oxford-Sylva scholar. Over the last four years she has been researching the impacts of ash dieback. Here Louise describes in her own words what she has achieved, and what our support has meant to her personally. Well done Louise!
We are excited to announce that our first app is now live in the Apple store – the new AshTag app. Can you help scientists find the next generation of healthy ash trees?
Last week volunteers got hands-on tagging ash trees in Cornwall; taking part in the Living Ash Project. . Interested in volunteering? We have some free tags to give away.
Sylva is asking for help in adding ash trees to an important nationwide survey. We want volunteers to ‘tag’ trees and complete a simple survey online. We still have a few tags available to give away free, on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Living Ash Project is asking members of the public to report information about the health of ash trees. They are especially interested in those that may have some tolerance to the disease that is threatening Britain’s second-most common broadleaved tree – Chalara ash dieback. The Living Ash Project aims to identify trees that are…
Sylva Scholar Louise Hill, studying the consequences of Chalara ash dieback in British woodlands (read more), is looking for some woodland sites in the south of Britain where she could set up some experiments. If you are a woodland owner, perhaps you could help her?
We are pleased to welcome back Robert Penn to Oxford on the 30th November for a seminar to be held at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE). Places still available . . .
In the week that AshTag relaunched to enable citizens to report both healthy and diseased ash trees Chalara fraxinea or ash dieback, was discovered in a thirteenth county in England.