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The latest news from Forest Research.
May 2019
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News from Forest Research


In this edition:
Our climate is changing. What can we do to adjust our woodland management practices to better prepare our woodlands? A climate change adaptation trail has opened at Alice Holt Forest to show a range of adaptation measures. It includes three climate change adaptation demonstration areas
The FC Resilience Garden wins Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden, created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle, underlines that we need to increase tree cover, diversify planting and follow strict biosecurity guidelines to help protect our landscapes from climate change, pests and diseases.  Resilience is a theme which features throughout our research.  We’ve recently collated the publications from our delivering resilience forests research programme.
How can tree breeding be used to increase forest resilience and productivity as our climate changes? This was the challenge addressed by the B4EST project during its first annual meeting in Edinburgh at the end of May. B4EST will produce new information and tools for forest tree breeders, forest managers and policy makers. Forest Research’s main role is to lead the assessment of the important biological and climatic factors affecting forest resilience and productivity. 
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A Strategy for UK Forest Genetic Resources
On 6th June Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, launched a Strategy for UK Forest Genetic Resources at the Future Trees Trust’s Supporters Day at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst.
Your support needed to spot spittle!
The Royal Horticultural Society working with the University of Sussex and Forest Research, needs volunteers to help map the distribution of spittlebugs, one of the main carriers of Xylella fastidiosa. The survey is part of a research project called BRIGIT, being delivered by a consortium of eleven leading UK research organisations, including Forest Research.
New head of Inventory, Forecasting and Operational Support at Forest Research
Nicol Sinclair has been announced as the new head of IFOS from 1st July 2019. He will be taking over from Peter Weston, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career in the Forestry Commission. 
You can find all of our recent publications on our website. They include:
  •  FC Practice Guide on Managing forest operations to protect the water environment.
  •  FC Research Report: Genetic considerations for provenance choice for native trees under climate change in England
  • FC Research Report: Wood properties and uses of Scot’s pine in Britain.
  • FC Research Note: Comparing the cost effectiveness of forestry options for climate change mitigation.
  • FC Research Note: The role of urban trees and greenspaces in reducing urban air temperatures.
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