Gabriel Hemery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gabriel Hemery
Gabriel Hemery.jpg
Gabriel Hemery, February 2014
Born (1968-12-13) December 13, 1968 (age 48)
Nationality United Kingdom
Education University of Oxford
Occupation Forest 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 the British Isles, returning to forestry to establish the Forestry Horizons think-tank in 2006. He is currently Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation. He has played an active role in the Institute of Chartered Foresters where he is a Fellow.[2]

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.[3]

With co-author Sarah Simblet he wrote a contemporary version of John Evelyn's Sylva - The New Sylva - published by Bloomsbury in April 2014.[4]

Forestry research[edit]

He designed and established a new woodland and centre for hardwood forestry research; Paradise Wood.[5] 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.[6]). He gained a DPhil degree at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford on the genetic improvement of walnut.[7] 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.[8] He then researched and published numerous articles pertaining to the silviculture (e.g.[9][10]) and genetic[11] improvement of walnut. He initiated an agroforestry research project in the mid-1990s, combining free-range broiler chicken with newly established woodland.[12][13]


  • Gabriel Hemery and Sarah SimbletThe New Sylva: a discourse of forest and orchard trees for the twenty-first century. 400pp. (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014). ISBN 978-1408835449.
  • Gabriel Hemery — The Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted Life. (Sylva Press, 2016). ASIN B01LZ4LRXG.
  • Gabriel Hemery — Don't look back. in Adrian Cooper (ed) — Arboreal: a collection of new woodland writing. (Little Toller Books, 2016). ISBN 978-1908213419.


  1. ^ "Hemery's Biography". Gabriel Hemery blog. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "ICF Member's Register". ICF Member's Register. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Our Forests". Our Forests on Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "The New Sylva". Bloomsbury. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Clark, J. and Hemery, G. (2009) Outcomes from 15 years of hardwoods research at the Northmoor Trust. Quarterly Journal of Forestry. 103, 212-219.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Hemery, G.E. (2000) Juglans regia L: genetic variation and provenance performance. In: Department of Plant Sciences. University of Oxford.
  8. ^ Hemery, G.E. (1998) Walnut (Juglans regia) seed-collecting expedition to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Quarterly Journal of Forestry. 92, 153-157.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.

External links[edit]