In the Community

Ash dieback disease citizen science workshop at Mayburgh Henge, near Penrith, Cumbria. Photo: 2013 E. R. Wilson.

Silviculture Research International supports initiatives and projects that promote a woodland culture1 across the community. We are interested in engaging with a wide range of local, community and volunteer groups to raise awareness and understanding of trees, woodlands, forests, forestry issues and nature conservation.

Talking Trees in the Community!

We are always pleased to discuss specific ideas for talks, and welcome new opportunities to connect with a wider audience. See links for further information:

  • More about community projects, see the Nature of Cumbria (2012 – present) page here.
  • Archived Ancient Ash in Eden citizen science project (2013-2014), focusing on ash dieback disease and tree heath, page here.
  • Full listing of Technical Presentations here.
  • To discuss ideas, please see the Contact page here.

1Independent Panel on Forestry. 2012. Independent Panel on Forestry: Final Report. Defra, London. 72 pp. Link here

Posters for Recent Public Talks 

Poster for public talk for U3A, 19 12 2019.
Tree and woodland health Poster 09 01 2019
Poster for public talk for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, 09 01 2019.

Forthcoming Talks

  • Forthcoming events for 2024 will be posted here soon. 

Past Public Talks

  1. Wilson, E. R. 2020. A (very short) history of trees in England’s Lake District. Online Lecture. Nipissing Naturalists Club, Ontario, Canada. 7 May 2020. 
  2. Wilson, E. R. 2019. Remarkable Trees and Forests of Cumbria. U3A West Lakes, Public Hall, Gosforth, Cumbria. 19 December 2019.
  3. Wilson, E. R. 2019. Tree and woodland health in Cumbria. Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Sedbergh, Cumbria. 09 January 2019.
  4. Wilson, E. R. 2015. Tree health in Cumbria: threats from pests, diseases and climate change. Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Penrith, Cumbria. 9 October 2015.
  5. Wilson, E. R. 2015. In sickness and in health: trees and their troubles in Cumbria. Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Friends Meeting House, Kirby Stephen, Cumbria. 2 March 2015.
  6. Wilson, E. R. 2014. The secret life of Christmas trees. Inverness Forestry Fair/National Tree Week Event. Scottish School of Forestry, University of the Highlands and Islands, Balloch, Inverness. 6 December 2014.
  7. Wilson, E. R., and I. Glimmerveen. 2014. 50 Treasured Trees. National Tree Week Event. Penrith Public Library, Penrith, Cumbria. 3 December 2014.
  8. Wilson, E. R. 2014. The trees and woods of Cumbria. Cockermouth U3A, Methodist Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria. 17 February 2014.  
  9. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Sick trees: how bad is the problem in Cumbria? Ambleside Natural History Society, Ambleside, Cumbria, 13 December 2013
  10. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Woodlands and Human Well-being. Wetlands and Woodlands Celebration, WLCT, Haigh Hall, Wigan. 23 November 2013.
  11. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Ash trees and the ash dieback disease – one year on! Bellingham Natural History Society, Bellingham, Northumberland. 20 November 2013.
  12. Wilson, E. R. 2013. The trees and woods of Cumbria. Carlisle U3A Gardening Group, Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle. 18 November 2013.
  13. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Ancient ash trees and their future in Britain. Village Hall, Armathwaite, Cumbria, 25 July 2013.
  14. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Remarkable trees of Cumbria: a journey in search of our woodland heritage. Sustainable Carlisle, Quaker Meeting House, Carlisle. 29 May 2013.
  15. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Remarkable trees of Cumbria: a journey in search of our woodland heritage. Carlisle Garden Club, Stanwix Community Centre, Carlisle. 4 April 2013.
  16. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Ancient ash trees and their future in Cumbria. A Nature of Cumbria Event, Riversmeet Community Resource, Cockermouth, 21 February 2013
  17. Wilson, E. R. 2013. Sap rising: how trees spring to life. Cafe Scientifique, Cockermouth, Cumbria. 19 February 2013.
  18. Wilson, E. R. 2012. Ancient ash trees and their future in Cumbria. Sustainable Carlisle/Nature of Cumbria Series. Quaker Meeting House, Carlisle, Cumbria. 8 January 2013.
  19. Wilson, E. R. 2012. Ancient ash trees and their future in Cumbria. The Nature of Cumbria Series. Penrith Public Library, Penrith, Cumbria. 27 November 2012. [The first public/community event in the UK addressing the recent outbreak of ash dieback disease]
  20. Wilson, E. R. 2012. Remarkable Trees of Cumbria. The Nature of Cumbria. Public lectures on trees, woods and landscape change. Penrith Public Library, Penrith, Cumbria. 18 May 2012.
  21. Wilson, E. R. 2010. The ancient trees and woods of Britain. Viaduct Gardening Club, Warwick Bridge, Cumbria, 9 September 2010
  22. Wilson, E. R. 2010. A history of trees in western medicine. Higham Hall College, Cumbria March 14 March 2010 (3-lecture series: 1. Trees in traditional medicine; 2. Trees at the frontier of modern medicine; 3. Trees, landscape and well-being.)
  23. Wilson, E. R. 2008. Remarkable trees and woodlands in Cumbria. Carlisle Natural History Society, Carlisle 22 October 2008.
  24. Wilson, E. R. 2008. Remarkable Cumbrian trees. Public lecture: “Tullie Talks”. Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. 1 April 2008.
  25. Wilson, E. R. 2007. Fantastic trees. Horticultural Society, Great Corby, Cumbria, 11 January 2007.
  26. Wilson, E. R. 2006. Cathedrals of nature. Public lecture. Cairngorm National Park, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire. 28 November 2006.
  27. Wilson, E. R. 2005. The secret world of trees. University of Central Lancashire Public Lecture, Carlisle, Cumbria. 11 April 2005.
  28. Wilson, E. R. 2005. Remarkable trees of Cumbria. Lecture Series, Keswick Museum, Keswick, Cumbria. 8 November 2005.
  29. Wilson, E. R. 2005. Remarkable trees of Cumbria. Armathwaite Village Hall. 26 May 2005.
  30. Wilson, E. R. 2005. Trees: icons and inventions of nature. Higham Hall College, Cumbria. 26 March 2005.

Plus additional public talks and lectures prior to 2005.

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