We talked to our FOREXT network Secretariat Chair, Mark Prior.
And what better way to start off the conversation than asking about his favorite tree:
“Not very European, but probably the Baobab (Adansonia digitata) tree. We had one in our garden as a teenager growing up in Tanzania, it was apparently one of the largest in East Africa and it fascinated me as to how much biodiversity could inhabit one amazing tree!”
“The greater the network of organisations interested in forestry extension and engagement, the greater the benefit to all members in reaching across Europe to owners and managers, enabling them to maximise the benefits of their forests for society.”
“The FOREXT network brings together organisations from across Europe that understand the importance of working with and engaging woodland owners to enable our forests to be safeguarded and managed sustainably. This is more important than ever with the climate and biodiversity challenges facing us all. Europe’s trees, woodlands and forests play an immensely important role in our livelihoods and wellbeing, so it essential that we come together to share best practice and knowledge and the FOREXT network provides an excellent opportunity to put that into practice. “
“My background is in forestry having spent 35 years working in the public sector in all areas of forestry in the UK. I am currently Forestry Commission Area Director for the South West of England, leading a team of forestry experts providing advice and working to encourage the protection, improvement and expansion of woodlands owned by the private and third sectors. I am based near Exeter in Devon, UK.”