BIFoR/Small Woods PhD researcher update

A little update on what, Ben Howard, BIFoR/Small Woods PhD researcher is up to.

 Here we find him sizing up one of the woodland streams under consideration for study as part of the joint study into the use of coppice material in river restoration.

Ben is looking at the Carbon sequestration and Denitrification effects of using coppice material in planned green engineering in river restoration. We will hope for instance to gain a better understanding of the effects of using coppice material rather than simply dropping or leaving fallen trees into water courses to slow the flow and improve water quality.

The work has the potential to provide additional roles for coppice products which address current problems, including those highlighted in today’s announcements regarding the government’s clean air strategy