LlyG member blog – Report from StarTree European meeting – non wood forest products

Posted on May 27, 2015 by

Adam Thorogood, LlyG member gives the latest update below on the StarTree project, investigating the potential of non wood forest products in Wales and across Europe, with an account of a recent vist to Finland where he attended the 6th StarTree general assembly on behalf of Llais y Goedwig.

Interested in taking part in StarTree? Take part in the Startree action research trials to discover if the non-wood products in your wood can earn your  group valuable extra income. A series of workshops and events are coming up, email maria.wilding@llaisygoedwig.org.uk.

What are the StarTree General Assemblies?

The General Assemblies are a chance for all the project partners from across Europe to get together and discuss how things are progressing in their regions. They are really well attended meetings bringing together academics, practitioners and NGO representatives.

Finland meeting

The meeting in Finland took place in the wooden clad buildings of the European Forest Institute in Joensuu, North Karelia. The first day was spent in meetings to discuss StarTree research projects over the next six months. Llais y Goedwig are part of the action research team and our progress in several aspects of this was presented, such as the Community Woodland Beekeeping Course, research into non-food uses of wild mushrooms, bluebells and a NWFP inventory tool-kit.

The second day was spent on a field trip visiting Finnish forests and NWFP businesses. A visit was made to a research project inoculating Silver Birch with the Innotus obliquus fungus in order to produce the medicinal “Pakuri” which has potential in the treatment of cancer.

The third day was spent reflecting on the project so far and looking at ways in which the research into non-wood forest products can be disseminated and made most useful for practitioners on the ground.

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