Updated my Pages

This morning I’ve been updating my pages to reflect the projects I have been working on in the past year – there may be more to come but this makes a start. Maybe someone wants to take a look?

I have done projects on User conflicts in woodlands, Women’s self-acceptance and on Ash trees.

Two projects handed in

Oh my! That took a bit of effort but finally, the Ash project and the Body Image and Self-Acceptance project have both been handed in.

I am feeling a little apprehensive but I believe it will be okay. Exams in a couple weeks based on the project about Body Image and Self-Acceptance.

I think I just want to stay in bed with a book for a little while. Been a hectic week. I deserve som peace and quiet I think.

How do you take your tree?

Yes, you read that correctly. I’d like to know what kind of forest appeals to you. If you have a minute to answer my survey, I’d really appreciate it.

It has 4 simple tick boxes and 2 comment fields and should take maybe 3 minutes to complete.

It is a bit of an aside to my project on Ash trees.


Ash Leaf

Ash Leaf

Communicating Heritage

Starting to do some proper work on my extra semester project about Ash trees. I’ve interviewed a biologist about the cloning of resistant ash trees and about the importance of ash for biodiversity – I spoke to a Danish biologist and she was very helpful.

Today, I’ve been having a correspondence with the Norse faith society ‘Forn Sidr’ who have explained what the ash tree means to them mythologically and symbolically and I learned some new things that I will certainly need.

I’ve been accumulating a lot of material from the Danish Naturstyrelsen and from Forestry Commission and have obtained a contact that I might use to shed a little more light on the UK side of things.

I am struggling a little to get hold of someone with a knowledge of Celtic tradition and faith and how ash is perceived through their lens. I can read a lot about it online but there are a few question I would like to have the opportunity to ask. Don’t suppose any of you know someone with a link to Celtic tradition?

The idea is then to find out how to communicate the situation with Ash Dieback to different target groups depending on their level of interest and their focus, testing what can be done with the direct and peripheral routes, suggesting a couple of campaigns to promote knowledge about Ash.

Otherwise, doing the finishing bits of the project on female body-image and life modelling and naturism. My partner on that project is a little stuck, she says, so I will need to try and offer some coaching tomorrow and see if we can get her unstuck. She’s writing things on the cultural differences in body-ideals and how advertisements play a role in what ideals young women adopt.

Biodiversity and Cultural and Spiritual Value of Ash

In recent years, many Ash trees have been attacked by Chalara, resulting in Ash Dieback expected to result in a loss of 95 percent of Ash trees over the next 15 years. Work is ongoing to find and cultivate resistant Ash trees but in the medium term, lots of insects, mosses and lichen who only live on Ash trees will be threatened. Ash is a minor element of most forests, but they play a vital role in riparian zones where little else will grow. Ash trees allow much light through their canopy, resulting in diverse forests with many levels of growth in the under forest.

Ash also plays an important role in the heritage of Norse and Celtic populations, linking to mythology and folklore, from Yggdrasil to hurleys and floor boards.

I am going to research the importance of Ash and will see if I can identify some tools already used to assess cultural and recreational value, biodiversity and apply them to the case of Ash and see if I can determine a way to speak about the values we lose due to Ash dieback.

Ash Tree

Ash Tree