National Tree Improvement Strategy launches!
After considerable input from stakeholders across the forestry sector, the National Tree Improvement Strategy (NTIS) was launched recently at Future Trees Trust’s Annual Supporters’ Day in Cirencester. The NTIS document can be downloaded here or from the link below.
The NTIS aims to unite all those with an interest in tree improvement – foresters, researchers, nurseries, land-owners, conservationists, processors and many others – under one ‘umbrella’ organisation, to ensure that conifer and broadleaved tree improvement progresses with less reliance on public sector funding.
Geraint Richards, Head Forester at the Duchy of Cornwall and NTIS Steering Group co-chair, has stated that the vision of the NTIS is “Through selection and breeding of a wide range of tree species capable of thriving in U.K. conditions - broadleaves and conifers, native and exotic – we aim to promote economic value, genetic diversity and species resilience; producing trees with good vigour and timber quality, showing resistance to known pests and diseases and able to withstand the seasonal and longer-term climatic variations, whilst ensuring all selected material is available to all interested parties”.
The NTIS Steering Group includes members from across the forestry sector:
|Geraint Richards||Duchy of Cornwall / FTT||Co-chair|
|Graham Taylor||Pryor & Rickett Silviculture / FTT||Co-chair|
|Charles Beaumont||Trees Please Nursery||HTA Tree and Hedging Group|
|Alex Brownlie||BSW||Conifer saw-millers|
|Jo Clark||Future Trees Trust||Broadleaf tree breeding|
|Roger Coppock||Forestry Commission||Research purchasers|
|David Edwards||Tilhill Forestry / ICF||Foresters|
|Harry Frew||Cheviot / Confor Nursery Group||Broadleaf growers|
|Alan Harrison||FC Nurseries||Public nurseries|
|Mike Harvey||Maelor / Conifer Breeding Co-Op||Conifer growers|
|Andrew Heald||Confor||Forestry industries|
|Alan Hunt||Natural Resources Wales||Welsh forestry|
|Steve Lee||Forest Research||Tree breeders|
|Robert Lee||Forestart||Seed retailers|
|Andy Leitch||Forestry Commission Scotland||Research purchasers|
|John Mackay||University of Oxford||Academia|
|Mike Render||Forestry Commission||Rural development|
|Jon Stokes||Tree Council||NGOs|
|David Sulman||UK Forest Products Association||Broadleaf saw-millers|
|Clare Trivedi||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew||Forest Genetic Resources|
|John Tucker||Woodland Trust||NGOs|
For further information about the NTIS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on the 31st May 2017 at 6:19pm.