Trees for Transition
Welcome to the new "Trees for Transition" Forum!
We have been set up as a thread of the Food Theme to begin with - thank you Ed.
Following our fascinating walk and talk at the Transition Conference recently, I look forward to hearing about the many ways in which trees and woods can help us mitigate and adapt to climate change and peak oil and make the transition to a low-carbon future.
In due course I will be posting up new discussions on topics such as agro-forestry, woodfuel, Continuous Cover Forestry, community orchards, carbon management, conservation etc.
You are invited to post up your own discussions too!
So for starters, what do people think about the Read Report 'Combating Climate Change - A Role for UK Forests'? The Introduction is attached here.
I've been asked to share a stall at the Berwickshire Agricultural Show on Saturday with the Trees and Forests Conservation Trust (treefestscotland) and so have had to look at Transition with a Tree focus!
I'm thinking about looking at forest gardening and permaculture, and also using the report above as a start for discussion on trees and climate change. I'm hoping to get people thinking about trees and their worth as a way to get them thinking about other resources that can be multi-use, multi-purpose and renewable. Community spirit?
I think Trees are both a brilliant resource, and a good metaphor for the life and breath of the planet. I'm quite excited by this!
Emily (Resources for Communities Worker, Transition Scotland Support)
I hope your stall went well and you found the report useful in starting discussions. There is certainly lots to discuss!
Forest Gardens are another good way in to considering trees in Transition. I recently did the Forest Garden course at Dartington and it was very inspiring.
I will post up some more info in due course.
I haven't yet had a chance to read 'A role for UK forests'..but I wanted to ask if anyone has any documents they could share regarding planting fruit/nut trees in public places. My village has been active in planting trees, but not ones which give a food harvest. I know in Totnes they had to overcome some initial resistance and I guess I would encounter some as well: 'they cause a mess' 'no one wants to pick up te fruit' 'it is a health and safety hazard'.
If someone has written a project proposal or similar which eloquently describes how edible landscapes are are good thing for adoption by councils and not a risk, I would be very grateful for a copy. Even more so if there are follow up reports showing how successful they are!
Haddenham in Transition
According to my view at gardening, permaculture and forest, and also using the above report as a starting point for discussion about trees and climate change. I hope to get people thinking about trees and their value as a way to get them to think about other resources that can be multi-purpose, versatile and durable. Moreover, as I travel different countries for the project of climate change, I have to look for some travel health insurance for myself because there will be no-one in abroad for my health support. I will be attending a seminar about Climate change in UK, but before that I need to sort out with my insurance.