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10.30 – 13.00, Tuesday 12th July 2022
(Hybrid meeting: National Trust Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury and MS Teams)
Meeting chair: David Slawson (DS), Imperial College London
Local Organiser: Andy Gordon (AG) Observatree Volunteer, West Midlands
Microsoft Teams Organiser: Lucy Turner (LT), Forest Research, Alice Holt
Decisions and actions
Actions/matters arising from February 2022 meeting
Action 1 (A1): More members were encouraged to submit their biogs (short description of role and work plus a photograph) to Lucy Turner.
Action 2 (A2): DS and TJ to prepare a and circulate to members a template for project summaries (name, project lead, short description, end date, URL link etc.).
Action 3 (A3): Members to prepare project summaries and submit them to Lucy Turner for inclusion on the webpages.
DS added that when it is published in September, the “Tree Health Citizen Science Learning Pathway” will also help people to engage with relevant projects and activities.
Decision 1 (D1) The next meeting will be held via MS Teams on Wednesday 8 February 2023.
Decision 2 (D2) The following meeting (July 2023) will be held at Forest Research’s Northern Research Station, near Edinburgh – date to be confirmed.
Action 4 (A4) DS to agree and communicate dates and venues to Members when confirmed.
Priority actions update
Enhance the tree health surveillance network (Peter Crow)
Action 5 (A5) PC and DS to continue discussions with interested organisation
Tree health citizen science ‘learning pathway’ (DS)
Action 6 (A6) DS with technical help from TJ to develop the webpage for the “learning pathway”.
Update from partners and projects
Defra and policy developments (Courtney Walker)
Sentinel Treescapes Project (Michael Pocock)
A NERC-funded project with partners CEH, Fera, Newcastle University, which uses remote electronic sensors – “Tree talkers” – attached to trees measure various parameters including sap flow. A volunteer tree warden network makes general assessments of tree health to compare with data from tree-talkers. Part of the project involves a questionnaire to discover the motivations and expectations of volunteers:
Survey – Volunteer Tree Health Monitoring
“Do you care about the trees in our gardens, parks, hedges and woods? Are you interested in monitoring the health of our trees? Have your say and help us understand opportunities for developing a volunteer tree health monitoring network, by taking part in our 10-minute survey
Action 7 (A7) Everyone is invited to complete the questionnaire and/or circulate to contacts.
Observatree (Peter Crow, Forest Research)
HOMED – Check a Sweet Chestnut ” (Jassy Drakulic, RHS)
Tree health CS work at Coventry University (Liz Trenchard, Coventry University
Forest Research have a stand at the Royal Welsh Show, 18-21 July 2022 (TJ)
28 July 2022
Dr David Slawson,
APPENDIX 1 Attendees
|Andy||Gordon||Observatree volunteer||In person|
|Andy||Moffat||A J Moffat & Associates||MS Teams|
|Carolyn||Riddell||Forest Research||MS Teams|
|David||Slawson||Imperial College London/Observatree volunteer||In person|
|Debbie||Harding||UKRI BBSRC||MS Teams|
|Fritha||West||Observatree, Woodland Trust||MS Teams|
|Janice||Ansine||Open University||MS Team|
|Kate||Lewthwaite||Woodland Trust||MS Teams|
|Katharina||Dehnen-Schmutz||Coventry University||MS Teams|
|Liz||Trenchard||Coventry University||MS Teams|
|Lucy||Turner||Forest Research||MS Teams|
|Michael||Pocock||CEH||MS Teams part only|
|Peter||Crow||Observatree, Forest Research||MS Teams|
|Samantha||Green||Coventry University||In person|
|Tom||Jenkins||Forest Research Wales||MS Teams|
|Alison||Dyke||Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York|
|Rebecca||Gosling||Observatree, Woodland Trust|
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