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The latest news from Forest Research.
February 2021
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News from Forest Research


Thank you to our readers
Thanks to those of you who participated in our reader survey last year. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. We’ve listened to your comments and hope you will like the new layout of this e-newsletter.

In this edition:
New Climate Change Factsheets launched
We have recently launched four climate change factsheets – the first in a series exploring the effects of climate change on our trees and woodlands. Aimed at practitioners, the factsheets showcase the breadth of research carried out by Forest Research, sometimes over decades. They demonstrate how trees and forests are facing the challenges of climate change and offer actionable insights into how they can help mitigate such effects. The first four factsheets are:
Research illustrates the important role of nature during COVID-19
In response to the pandemic, our social and economic scientists quickly developed a project to understand whether the unprecedented restrictions had an impact on people’s engagement with nature. Interviews and an online survey provided many insights. While most people have been spending more time in gardens, the results highlighted differences between groups and their ability to access and benefit from nature during this time. Further analysis is ongoing, but results from our survey make interesting reading. The work was carried out as part of the Active Forests Programme funded by Forestry England and Sport England with support from the National Lottery.
 
An exciting new book, Evolving the forest, includes a chapter outlining some of the results of our interviews. It highlights how nature has been a source of solace, how people have appreciated nature more, have gained a sense of freedom and have explored local spaces much more than usual.
Technical publications user survey
We're carrying out a survey to collect stakeholder and user views on the range, content and fitness for purpose of the different types of technical publications published by Forest Research (including the series previously published by the Forestry Commission).
 
We'd like to hear from you about what publication types you use the most and what you think of them. We are also interested in what you would like to see in the future. This will help us review our range of outputs, consider any additions or refinements to existing series and prioritise improvements to content and formats. The survey should only take 10–15 minutes and your responses are confidential.
New Climate Change Champion award at ‘Tree Oscars’
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards returns this year and will include a new Climate Change Champion prize. The new award recognises the enormous contribution that forests and woodlands make in the fight against climate change. The award has been developed with specialist independent guidance from Forest Research and will be chosen from entries to all 2021 awards categories. Entries must be submitted by 31st March 2021.
Two new senior appointments at Forest Research
We are delighted to welcome two new senior members of staff:
 
Emily Brennan joins us from the National Trust as our new Head of Centre for Sustainable Forestry and Climate Change.
 
Gerard Clover joins us from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and is our new Head of Centre for Ecosystems, Society and Biosecurity.

Together, they have a wealth of experience that will be a valuable asset to our teams.
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