“I am very pleased that research on acute oak decline benefited so much from last year’s Ride for Research (RfR), thanks to the commitment and endurance of the riders and the generosity of the sponsors. Also, it’s encouraging to learn of plans to form a new charity, “Fund4Trees”, to receive future proceeds. By supporting research, RfR is helping to protect trees in the face of increasing threats from climate change and the accidental importation of exotic pests and pathogens. I say this with special concern, following the recent news about “Asian longhorn beetle”, Sweet chestnut blight and ash dieback.”
David Lonsdale is a consultant, author and educator, specialising in the biology, pathology and the mechanical integrity of trees. He worked for the Forestry Commission for 26 years researching tree diseases and decay, including the role of latent stress dependent fungi. His many publications include ‘Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management‘ (1999). He has also published work on ancient trees and their conservation. Dr Lonsdale has lectured and/or worked as an examiner for various organisations including Imperial College London, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Forestry Society and the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.