Paradise Wood

About this Adventure

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Duration: 1 day
Price: £100 GBP minimum contribution.




Long-standing trials in south Oxfordshire woodlands are investigating ash tree growth and survival.

On this unique project, run jointly by Earthwatch and the Earth Trust, you can join these studies to help forest managers grow trees successfully in light of predicted climate change.

You’ll join an existing project initiated in 1995 by Forest Research (the research arm of the Forestry Commission) at Paradise Wood – part of the Earth Trust’s estate in south Oxfordshire. You’ll measure tree growth using digital callipers and dendrometer bands, and enjoy talks from scientists to learn why the research you are contributing to is so important. Your work will uncover the short-term responses of the ash trees to weather, and will complement the longer-term growth results seen so far.

Your results will help researchers make recommendations for forest managers, by determining the most appropriate seed sources for planting in the UK, and establishing how to grow the species successfully under different climate change scenarios.

Meals and Accommodations
The majority of teams will be with us for one day only. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served upon arrival in the Earth Trust facilities. You will need to bring a packed lunch and snacks for the day.

About the Research Area
This national research woodland – known in medieval times as ‘Paradise Field’ – lies between the picturesque villages of Little Wittenham and Long Wittenham in Oxfordshire, England. On the northern edge of Paradise Wood, a small community woodland known as Neptune Wood was planted in 2005 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The Wittenham Clumps – which form part of the Sinodun Hills – can be found nearby. This picturesque area is maintained by the Earth Trust as a nature reserve.

The historical city of Oxford is within half an hour’s drive of the research site. Home to the University of Oxford, the city displays fascinating architecture dating back through time to the arrival of the Saxons.

For more information follow the link below to Earthwatch.

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