Potters Bar author Terry can see the wood from the trees

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 March 2016

Dr Terry Mabbett

Dr Terry Mabbett


An author from Potters Bar has been awarded the Royal Forestry Society James Cup for the second time.

Dr Terry Mabbett was given the cup for an article he wrote about Furzefield Wood on the edge of Potters Bar, which appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry in October 2015.

The article on the restoration of peri-urban hazel coppice woodlands was voted number one by a panel of Royal Forestry Society (RFS) members.

Judges praised the article as “a very thorough and well structured report with a high level of detail”, “an exciting journey that explores a well-managed ancient wood” and “very informative”.

Dr Mabbett’s research background and expertise is in pest, disease and weed management in tropical tree crops in the West Indies, West Africa and Asia. He has a PhD in tropical plant pathology and agriculture from the University of the West Indies.

He said: “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.

“A background of scientific research gives me a head start but is by no means absolutely essential.”

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