International Day of Forests marked across the globe

Forests are being celebrated around the world today as the United Nations (UN) holds its first International Day of Forests.

The event aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees, and comes just days before the next UN Forum on Forests, which takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from 8-19 April.


Hundreds register to examine tree health

More than 400 people have already signed up for the forthcoming OPAL tree health survey just one week after registration opened.

Nearly 1,600 survey packs have now been requested for the survey, which has been developed in collaboration with Forest Research and FERA, and will open in May 2013.


Defra announces plans to protect forests

The creation of a new public body to safeguard public forests and a greater focus on tree health research are among Government plans to protect woodland published today.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also encouraged the public to get involved in OPAL’s upcoming survey on tree health.


A special new tree – CREST SuperStar activity


What's the best tree to plant for the residents of Treedwell?

It is up to you to decide which tree to plant in Treedwell for future generations to enjoy. There are many trees you could choose, but which one will you decide on and why?

Some trees produce beautiful flowers, and some will be preferred by certain types of wildlife. They also vary greatly in size. You may want to start by getting familiar with common British trees.

ACTIVITY – How many different types of tree can you find near you?

Spring cherry blossom

Wow, what lovely weather we've been having the past few days - and it's due to get warmer over the weekend.  If you're looking for an outdoor activity and can't wait for the OPAL Water Survey to start in two weeks time, how about giving the Natural History Museum's cherry tree survey a try? Cherry trees are so easy to spot at ths time of year as they are in full blossom. Find out more on the museum's website.


Battling on in spite of the snow...

How many of you have had a day off work or school because of the snow? Lots I bet. We also got a day off last Wednesday, but other than that have been battling on regardless!  Last Thursday to Saturday we held a stand at the Association for Science Education conference in Nottingham.  It was a bit of a struggle getting up there (about 6 hours on the train!), but we spread the word amongst lots of teachers about our new lesson plans that we've developed as part of the OPAL Taxonomy project - another aspect of my job at the museum.



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