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Dr Terry Mabbett wins James Cup - again!
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Author Dr Terry Mabbett has won the RFS James Cup for a second time after an article on the Restoration of Peri-urban Hazel Coppice Woodlands was voted Number One by a panel of RFS members.

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Dr Terry Mabbett: "I regard urban and peri-urban woodlands as perhaps the most important woodland resource we have."

His article, downloadable here, appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry in October 2015 and was up against stiff competition from a number of other articles. Judges praised it as:

“A very thorough and well structured report with a high level of detail."

“An exciting journey that explores a well-managed ancient wood. The writing is accessible ..."

". .. very informative, e.g. shade levels, the difficulty of knowing what standards to plant etc.  And in a way this article contained a message of hope – that despite being surrounded by suburbia, with good management and care, biodiversity can actually improve not just steadily diminish.”

Terry's research background and experience is pest, disease and weed management in tropical tree crops in the West Indies, West Africa and Asia. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Botany (University of Wales), a MSc covering applied entomology, plant pathology, weed science and pesticide application technique (University of Reading) and a PhD in tropical plant pathology and agriculture from The University of The West Indies. 

His  interest in UK forestry was re-kindled by commercial clients marketing fertilizers, nutrients, chemical pesticides, biocontrol agents and application equipment into both tropical agroforestry and UK forestry.

He says: "I regard urban and peri-urban woodlands as perhaps the most important woodland resource we have. These woodlands are nearest and most accessible to the vast majority of the country’s population but by the same token are under the most pressure and threat. The real excitement of these woodlands for me is finding something that rural dwellers may take for granted within their woodland resources but which in urban and peri-urban woodlands is now a rarity.

"Finally my continual hope is that more people will go into their local woodlands and carry out and document this kind of research. Coming from a background of scientific research clearly gives me a head start but is by no means absolutely essential. Indeed a layman may see and understand things that completely escape the eye and appreciation of the professional." 

Terry has previously won the James Cup  for an article on bleeding canker in horse chestnut trees which appeared in the Quarterly Journal in  2009. That article can also be downloaded here.

Also popular and highly regarded by the judges were Nadia Barsoum’s article “Mixed provenance and mixed species trials”, Ted Green’s article “Big trees need small organisms” and Joe Alsop’s article on ash dieback.