Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Ham and High: May Day fun

Activities close to home this week, with some scanning on Hampstead Heath to measure some of the coppiced oak woodland with our Riegl VZ400, on a gorgeous clear spring day. As befitting May Day and notwithstanding the ridiculous wintry temperatures and torrential rain the day before, this was as good as it gets. Hiding away in the well-heeled suburbs of Highgate and Hampstead, this is a real oasis in the city. Most of the trees are relatively young (20th C), but a couple of them, slight hill in the background below, are more than 200 years old.
One of the lovely secluded oak stands, within earshot of the busy Spaniards Road. Crystal skies.

Looking up through the crowns. Is that a cloud?
We're aiming to compare our estimates of biomass in the woods here with those from the local surveys done by the estate management. This has to be one of my favourite bits of London.

Earlier that morning, I visited my daughter Lotta's school to talk to the Year 3s about trees. It's their Science Week and they're studying trees in and around the local area, including Epping Forest, which has the famous Gilwell Oak, the UK's 2017 Tree of the Year (yes obviously it's a thing!) and a nominee for European TOTY 2018. I showed the children some of our work, some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, and the UK. They seemed to enjoy finding out about the people and animals that live in forests around the world very much! I even took our ZEB REVO in to scan them while they 'stayed still'.

ZEB Revo scan of the Jubilee School Year 3s listening intently with the adults sitting at the back (left).





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