Gabriel Hemery

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Gabriel Hemery
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Gabriel Hemery, February 2014
Born (1968-12-13) 13 December 1968 (age 51)
EducationUniversity of Oxford
OccupationForest Scientist, Author

Dr Gabriel Hemery (born 13 December 1968) is an English forest scientist (silvologist) and author. He co-founded the Sylva Foundation with Sir Martin Wood, a tree and forestry charity established in 2009.


He began his career at the Northmoor Trust,[1] now named the Earth Trust, in Oxfordshire. He later became Director of Development for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, returning to forestry to establish the Forestry Horizons think-tank in 2006. He is currently Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation, which he co-founded with Sir Martin Wood in 2009.[2]

He has played an active role in the Institute of Chartered Foresters where he is a Fellow.[3]

During 2011, he co-founded the ginger group Our Forests with other prominent environmentalists, including Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, to provide a voice for the people of England in the future of the country's forests.[4]

With co-author Sarah Simblet he wrote a contemporary version of John Evelyn's Sylva - The New Sylva - published by Bloomsbury in April 2014.[5]

His first work of fiction will be published in April 2019 with Unbound Publishing ("author page". Unbound Publishing. Retrieved 7 January 2019. ) Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey is a biographical novel describing the true story of an expedition to North America by Victorian botanist John Jeffrey between 1850 and 1854.

Forestry research[edit]

He designed and established a new woodland and centre for hardwood forestry research; Paradise Wood.[6] He was a founding member of the British and Irish Hardwoods Improvement Programme establishing a number of forestry field trials across the UK and Ireland (e.g.[7]). He gained a DPhil degree at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford on the genetic improvement of walnut.[8] His research took him to the walnut fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan where he collected thousands of Juglans regia seeds for field trials back in the UK.[9] He then researched and published numerous articles pertaining to the silviculture (e.g.[10][11]) and genetic[12] improvement of walnut. He initiated an agroforestry research project in the mid-1990s, combining free-range broiler chicken with newly established woodland.[13][14]



  1. ^ "Hemery's Biography". Gabriel Hemery blog. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Origins". Sylva Foundation website. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "ICF Member's Register". ICF Member's Register. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Our Forests". Our Forests on Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  5. ^ "The New Sylva". Bloomsbury. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ Clark, J. and Hemery, G. (2009) Outcomes from 15 years of hardwoods research at the Northmoor Trust. Quarterly Journal of Forestry. 103, 212-219.
  7. ^ Burley, J., Savill, P.S., Hemery, G.E. and Davis, J. (2004) The British and Irish Hardwoods Improvement Programme (BIHIP). In: International Oak Society meeting. Winchester, UK. pp. 148-154.
  8. ^ Hemery, G.E. (2000) Juglans regia L: genetic variation and provenance performance. In: Department of Plant Sciences. University of Oxford.
  9. ^ Hemery, G.E. (1998) Walnut (Juglans regia) seed-collecting expedition to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Quarterly Journal of Forestry. 92, 153-157.
  10. ^ Hemery, G.E. and Savill, P.S. (2001) The use of treeshelters and application of stumping in the establishment of walnut Juglans regia. Forestry. 74, 479-489.
  11. ^ Clark, J., Hemery, G. and Savill, P. (2008) Early growth and form of common walnut (Juglans regia L.) in mixture with tree and shrub nurse species in southern England. Forestry. 81, 631-644.
  12. ^ Hemery, G.E., Savill, P. and Thakur, A. (2005) Height growth and flushing in common walnut (Juglans regia L.): 5-year results from provenance trials in Great Britain. Forestry. 78, 121-133.
  13. ^ Jones, T., Feber, R., Hemery, G., Cook, P., James, K., Lamberth, C. and Dawkins, M. (2007) Welfare and environmental benefits of integrating commercially viable free-range broiler chickens into newly planted woodland: a UK case study. Agricultural Systems. 94, 177-188.
  14. ^ Yates, C., Dorwood, P., Hemery, G. and Cook, P. (2007) The economic viability and potential of a novel poultry agroforestry system. Agroforestry Systems. 69, 13-28.

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