With the list of challenges and threats to effective woodland management growing seemingly larger every year, driven by anthropogenic climate change, it is becoming apparent that we need to continue to adapt our management practices to ensure our woodland systems are more resilient moving forward. Nicholson’s Lockhart Garratt cast its eye across the sea to Dresden, Germany, to witness how forestry research and practices are developing and adapting in the face of these future climatic pressures.
We had the privilege of meeting with Dr Pietzarka of the Technische Universitat Dresden (TUD), a botanical researcher and curator of the Forstbotanischer Garten Tharandt, widely recognised as the oldest forestry school in the world. Dr Pietzarka was able to offer us a wealth of knowledge on forest system resilience and we appreciate the time he took to show us around this beautiful site. Below are the summarised points that we took away from our time at the arboretum: