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10.00 – 13.00, Wednesday 9th February 2022 (via Microsoft Teams)
Meeting chair: David Slawson (DS), Imperial College London
Local Organiser: Lucy Turner (LT), Forest Research, Alice Holt
Decisions and actions
Actions/matters arising from September 2022 meeting
Tom Jenkins (Forest Research Wales) summarised development of the Network’s web pages now that they are hosted by Forest Research. Data on usage will be available in the future.
Decision (D1) Approval was sought and obtained from members to post the summary of decisions and actions of our meetings on the webpages
THCSN members were asked to assist by providing content (if not already done so) to Lucy Turner:
Action (A1) A brief (2-sentence “biog”) and photograph for the section See who is involved in the Tree Health Citizen Science Network. (All)
Action (A2) Brief information and a link to relevant projects and related resources (All)
Action (A3) Update the webpages within two weeks of the meeting (DS & LT)
Action (A4) Members able to host the next meeting to contact DS. (All)
Action (A5) Invitations to future meetings to be sent as MS Calendar invites to known attendees (LT)
Priority actions update
Enhance the tree health surveillance network (DS and Peter Crow)
Action (A6) Discussions with interested organisations to continue (Peter Crow and DS)
Individual Tree Data Standard
No report but the standard is being used actively in the “Branching Out” project (see later).
Tree health citizen science ‘learning pathway’ (DS)
Action (A7) Continue development of the learning pathway (DS)
Update from partners and projects
NERC “Future of UK Treescapes” (Julie Urquhart, University of Gloucestershire and a Treescapes Ambassador)
Action (A8) Interested THCSN members to check-out website, in particular Call 2 which is now open to applications.
“Branching Out” (Alison Dyke, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York)
Action (A9) THCSN members might be able to contribute to the three proposed Urban tree observatories (Alison Dyke)
Action (A10) The Urban Tree Observatories approach could be used by local authorities in development of their local tree and woodland strategies (Jake Morris)
BBSRC UK tree health research priorities (Debbie Harding, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC))
Action (A11) THCSN to be alerted to any requests for information, ideas, opinions etc. (Debbie Harding)
Action (A12) THCSN wishing to contribute expertise, literature or as an external reviewer, should email Hazel Cooley (All)
Defra and policy developments (Jake Morris)
Action (A13) THSCN to be kept appraised of developments by correspondence (Jake Morris)
UK risk register: updates and potential targets for Citizen Science (Charles Lane, Fera)
Action (A14) THSCN to be kept appraised of new threats and “species/sites less likely to be subject to surveillance by officials” to be considered as a criterion for suitability of public surveillance (Charles Lane)
Observatree (Peter Crow, Forest Research)
RHS Citizen Science projects (Jassy Drakulic, RHS)
14 February 2022
Dr David Slawson,
APPENDIX 1 Attendees
|Alison||Dyke||Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York|
|Andy||Moffat||A J Moffat & Associates|
|David||Slawson||Imperial College London/Observatree volunteer|
|Fritha||West||Observatree, Woodland Trust|
|Jonathan||Burton||The Yorkshire Arboretum|
|Julie||Urquhart||University of Gloucester and UK Future Treescapes|
|Peter||Crow||Observatree, Forest Research|
|Rebecca||Gosling||Observatree, Woodland Trust|
|Tom||Jenkins||Forest Research Wales|
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