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Take part in Defra's 12 hour “tweet-a-thon”

Take part in Defra's 12 hour “tweet-a-thon”Spring is on its way and this Tuesday, Defra will harness the power of Twitter and lead a 12-hour “tweet-a-thon” to celebrate England’s forests and mark the first week of spring. This marathon Twitter event will run from 9am to 9pm and together with lots of other organisations, will highlight the ways in which the public can understand and enjoy their local forests, woodland and wildlife.

Every hour the public will be able to put questions to a different person who has a unique insight into the workings of our forests. From a National Trust ancient tree expert to a famous foraging chef, members of the public will be able to pick the brains of those who live and breathe our forests every day. At 7.15pm our Minister of State, David Heath, will be online @DefraGovUKanswering your forest-related questions in person.

The organisations partnering with Defra on #loveourforests include Experience Nottingham, Forestry Commission, Kew Botanical Gardens, National Trust, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Trees for Cities, Tree Council, Ramblers and Woodland Trust.

How to take part

To take part, members of the public should have a look at the timetable of events below and simply get online at the right time and start tweeting questions using #loveourforests to the relevant Twitter name. If you’re not sure who to direct your questions to, @DefraGovUK will point you in the right direction.

Name Organisation Would welcome questions on…
09:00-09:30 @DefraGovUK Defra Introduction to the day and how it will work. The @Defragovuk team will also be there to help direct you to the right person.
09:30- 10:30 @RamblersJustin
Justin Cooke, Senior Policy Officer
Ramblers Access to woodland and positive ways of working with land owners, industry and government.
10:00- 11:00 @experiencenotts
Sherwood Forest Ranger
Notts Tourism Sherwood Forest and tourism.
11:00-12:00 @kewgardens
Claire Welsby
Kew Ancient trees, history and origins of Kew Gardens, plant preservation activity and the work Kew is doing overseas to preserve species.
11:00- 12:00 @TreesforCities
Heather McIntosh
Trees for Cities TfC will be sharing fun photos and facts and asking people to share their favourite memories of trees – this could be your first kiss or tree climbing as a child. They will also ask people to tweet their favourite tree photos to us –the best could get printed in Tree News.
12:00-13:00 @Natures_Voice
Nick Phillips, Forestry Policy Officer
RSPB How to spot birds and other woodland wildlife in forests.
13:00-14:00 @FCEnglandPress
Chris Reynolds, Woodland Officer, Lincoln
Forestry Commission Conifers, trees and the global conservation issues they face, forest resilience to climate change and general diversification of crop species.
14:00-15:00 @woodlandtrust
Dr Kate Lewthwaite, Phenologist
Woodland Trust What plants can be seen in the forest at the start of spring and how things have changed in the forest over time and information on how to find your local woodland.
15:00-16:00 @FCEnglandPress
Dominic Driver, Head of Woodland Expansion, Forestry Commission
Forestry Commission Forestry Commission England’s plan for implementing forestry policy, protecting, improving and expanding England’s woodland, the review of forestry functions and woodland expansion.
16:00-17:00 @TheTreeCouncil
Pauline Buchanan Black, Director General, and Jon Stokes, Programme Director
Tree Council Tree Warden Scheme, grants to schools and community groups, community action programmes (e.g. National Tree Week, Walk in the Woods, Seed Gathering Season and the Tree Care Campaign).
17:00-18:00 @The_RHS
Guy Barter, Chief Horticultural Advisor
Royal Horticultural Society Trees in gardens, urban trees, sustainable use of timber and pests and diseases in trees (particularly invasive species).
18:00-19:00 @realMarkLloyd
Mark Lloyd, Chef, Forager, Writer.
Eat Real Food Tips on foraging, foraging safely and recipes involving foraged food.
19:15-20:00 @DefraGovuk
Minister of State, David Heath
Defra Government policy on forestry.
20:00-21:00 @NTancienttrees
Brian Muelaner, Ancient Tree Advisor
National Trust Ancient, notable, and veteran trees.

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