Camilla Nelson: An Oakwoods Almanac in Review

  There is much to explore in this Almanac of entries, some more sculpted than others, compiled by the poet Gerry Loose as he wandered the familiar and foreign oakwoods of Sunart and Saari in 2007, 2008 and 2010. An Oakwoods Almanac is arranged in two parts. The first, ‘Sunart’, takes its name from the... Continue Reading →

Caledonian Everyday Discussions – Glossaries

A panel of Foresters (2pm Saturday 16 May, Summerhall, Edinburgh), perhaps a Glossary might be in order (thanks to Robert Macfarlane and his new book Landmarks for the idea and the resources). Forestry Commission Research Glossary. (Page to a letter, i.e. not particularly good for browsing). Royal Forestry Society Glossary. (Some terms and some links... Continue Reading →

Caledonian Everyday Discussion Pt 3 of 3

For the third in the series of Caledonian Everyday discussions (2pm Saturday 16 May, Summerhall) we have a panel comprising foresters (managers and researchers). At the first panel (12 April) we were provided with an historical trajectory of the issues that Forestry Commission managers and researchers have been asked to take on. We started post... Continue Reading →

Caledonian Everyday Discussions Pt 2 of 3

Should artists seek to change the world?  That's where the first discussion ended, having explored the history of pit props; the potential for a poet to contribute to the constraints that a forest manager might have to take account of in planning the management of an area of woodland; the development of ecosystems services assessment... Continue Reading →

Caledonian Everyday Discussions Pt 1 of 4

As part of Sylva Caledonia, one of Summerhall's contributions to Edinburgh International Science Festival, we are holding a discussion, Caledonian Everyday in four parts.  The first part will take place on Sunday 12 April at 2pm at Summerhall (Anatomy Lecture Theatre). We are very pleased that Paul Tabbush, Chair of the Landscape Research Group (Bio),... Continue Reading →

The law of the forest and the freedom of the streets

Thanks to Scott Donaldson for sharing this article The law of the forest and the freedom of the streets on openDemocracy.  Forests play an important role in the evolution of public space in England.  The Magna Carta was followed in 1217 by The Charter of the Forest. The Forest Charter formalised the right of unbonded... Continue Reading →

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