Trees: they are great, right? We all know that trees are a good thing to have around.
Or do we?
What benefits do trees really bring?
Trees capture a fascinating environmental history within their core, as well as improving air quality and the environment by absorbing and capturing carbon dioxide.
But did you know they are also regularly under attack from disease? Join us to find out more!
The Woodland Explorers workshop is for children of all ages with a curiosity about trees, how they work and why they are great. You will learn with your hands, discovering what secrets are hidden in the core of the trees by looking for significant dates in history and how they are shown in the tree rings. The group will also learn exactly how trees absorb and store carbon dioxide and why this is so beneficial – this is a part for eco-warriors of all ages!
But the trees in Midlothian are also at risk from disease – including Ash Dieback which has been in the news a lot recently. The workshop will explore these diseases and the signs to look out for. The will even be an introduction to an app for reporting signs of ash dieback.
After all of that, the lovely people from Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Research will take you out into Lord Ancrum’s Wood to explore the trees and their habitat, discovering animals and bugs along the way
You’ll end the day transformed into a woodland explorer and a tree expert!
See http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/woodland-explorers/ for more details
For adults and young people especially interested in tree disease, especially ash dieback, ‘The Future of Our Woodland’, a talk by Matt Elliot from Forest Research, is unmissable. The talk will discuss the future options of local woodlands, the progress of the ash dieback crisis so far, and how young trees are being protected.
If you want to know more about your local woodland and are keen to join the debate, or just listen to the experts, come along to the evening talk and join the campaign to save Britain’s ash trees.
see http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/the-future-of-our-woodlands/ for more details.