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MEMBRA Partners

The National Forest

The National Forest is a story of regeneration. 25 years ago, large swathes of the Midlands landscape had been left scarred by centuries of coal mining and other heavy industry. But a passionate group of people had a vision: a forest. The first forest to be created at scale in England for over 1000 years, it transformed and literally turned the landscape from black to green.

MEMBRA will partner with the National Forest as a possible sampling site and as a host location for our events. Our contact is Jo Maker, Festival & Arts Officer.


Forestry England

We care for more land and trees than any other organisation in England. Shaping landscapes for people, wildlife and timber. We’ve built over 1,800 miles of walking, running and cycling trails, supply England’s largest amount of sustainably-sourced timber, and conserve thousands of plant and animal species. We care for some of the country’s most important habitats, home to our rarest wildlife. We are recovering vital ecosystems and returning missing species to our landscapes.

MEMBRA partners with the Forestry England to provide links to planting the MEMBRA treescapes and through our work that will intedidfy resistant germplasm and  site and as a possible host location for our events. Our contact is Dr Eleanor Tew, Natural Capital and Resilience Programme Manager.


SmallWoods Association

Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales)

Small Woods are the UK organisation for woodland owners, workers, supporters, and social foresters. We stand for living, sustainable woodlands alive with wildlife, people and work. Managed and used well, small woodlands are vital to thriving local economies, wildlife, and the health and wellbeing of local communities, as well as hugely valuable in the fight against climate change.

MEMBRA hopes to work with SmallWoods members to identify possible sampling sites, as a host of a MEMBRA Nursery and a location for our Creative and Public engagement events. Our contacts are Natasha Simons, Coed Lleol Research & Evaluation Officer and Ian Baker, SmallWoods CEO.


Woodland Trust

Creating new woodland is at the heart of what the Woodland Trust does.  They mobilise communities, landowners and volunteers to get trees in the ground, and aim to plant a tree for every person in the UK. They working with partners, farmers, landowners and local communities to create bigger, better, more resilient landscapes across the UK for people and wildlife.

MEMBRA hopes to work with Woodland Trust to identify possible sampling sites, in the planting of the resilient MEMBRA nursery and as a venue for events. Our contact is Emily Gray, Conservation Research Advisor.


Arabidopsis Events UK

Dr Geraint Parry is the MEMBRA Project Manager working through Arabidopsis Events UK. For his day-job Dr Parry is Executive Officer of the Association of Applied Biologists.