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Ted Wilson, Silviculturist (Photo: Sheena Wilson 09 2017)

Ted Wilson, Silviculturist (Photo: Sheena Wilson 09 2017)

Edward (Ted) Wilson is a Scots-Canadian silviculturist with a passion for the sustainable management and conservation of northern forest resources. Currently he is Walsh Fellow in Silviculture at the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, Ashtown Research Centre, and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University College Dublin (UCD), in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, he holds academic appointments at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Scottish School of Forestry, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland. Ted completed academic studies at the University of New Brunswick (Canada) and University of Sheffield (UK), and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) in 2016. He is registered as a professional forester (MSIF) in Ireland.

Ted is an active public policy adviser, researcher and educator specialising in forestry and forest conservation of temperate and boreal forests (northern forests). He has worked in the UK and Canada throughout his career, including posts with the Canadian Forest Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, UK Forestry Commission and the Royal Forestry Society. In 2012 he was Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Ted’s research interests are in the areas of tree biology, woodland establishment and continuous cover forestry (CCF). At UCD and Teagasc, his current focus is the transformation of even-aged plantations to irregular structure forests. Recent projects have included research on seedling quality enhancement and species diversification to promote the ecological resilience of woodlands. In addition, he undertakes research on professional forestry education and the benefits of woodland for public health.    

More widely, Ted has worked with several organisations to develop training courses, workshops and lectures on forestry and conservation topics aimed at diverse, non-professional audiences. Most recently he introduced the Wise About Woods series of short courses to the Royal Forestry Society and curated the Nature of Cumbria Project, a popular series of public events on natural history held at venues throughout Cumbria.

Ted is frequently called on as a keynote and invited speaker at conferences and workshops. In 2016, he delivered lectures and presentations in Canada, Ireland, Germany and the UK, including a Global Change Lecture at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2017-18, Ted will give lectures at universities in Toronto, Fredericton (New Brunswick, Canada), Aberdeen and Eberswalde (Berlin), in addition to invited presentations at conferences in London, Grassington and Keswick. A highlight is a paper at the 51st Arboricultural Association National Amenity Conference 2017, the 1st International Conference on Arboricultural Biosecurity, at the University of Exeter, England.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Medal, Canadian Institute of Forestry
  • James Prize, Royal Forestry Society (shared with J. R. Clark)
  • Teaching Innovation Award (x2), University of Central Lancashire


  • Royal Society of Biology (Fellow, FRSB)
  • Society of Irish Foresters (Technical Member, MSIF)
  • Canadian Institute of Forestry
  • Royal Forestry Society (Corporate Member)
  • British Ecological Society
  • IUFRO – International Union of Forest Research Organisations.
  • Continuous Cover Forestry Group
  • Irregular Silviculture Network

Editorial Boards

  • Arboricultural Journal: International Journal of Urban Forestry, journal of the Arboricultural Association link
  • Forestry Chronicle, journal of the Canadian Institute of Forestry link

Journal Peer Review

  • Arboricultural Journal
  • Forestry Chronicle
  • Forestry
  • Quarterly Journal of Forestry
  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Leadership (selection of recent/current roles and committees)

  • Member, Forestry Skills Forum, England and Wales
  • Member, National Forestry Forum, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Member, Working Group on Forests and Natura 2000, European Commission
  • Member, Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee (North West England), Forestry Commission
  • Member, Conservation Advisory Group, Woodland Trust
  • Judge, Tree of the Year Award (England), Woodland Trust (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Judge, Education and Learning Award, Excellence in Forestry Awards, Royal Forestry Society
  • Member, Education Advisory Group, Royal Forestry Society
  • Board Member and Scientific Advisor, Irregular Silviculture Network (ISN)
  • Governor, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Further Information

  • Publications and reports here.
  • Talks and presentations here.
  • Contact information here.

Download: My Cumbria (profile article in Cumbria Life Magazine, June 2014)


Ted Wilson at Wythop Forest, Cumbria, England. Photo: Jon Walton.

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