Drought project asks families for help at tree measuring day in Chipping Sodbury

August 02 2016

FAMILIES are being invited to take part in a science event in Chipping Sodbury and help with a large-scale project on drought.

FAMILIES are being invited to take part in a science event in Chipping Sodbury and help with a large-scale project on drought.
A team from the University of the West of England (UWE) will be at The Ridings in Wickwar Road on Wednesday, August 17, for a tree measuring day.
The event is part of the Drought Risk and You - DRY - project, which aims to collect information on the effect of drought to help those trying to reduce the risks it poses.
Those involved in DRY said drought and water shortages affected people’s lives by posing a significant threat to the UK’s environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture. But activities such as measuring trees, learning about their environmental benefits and finding out what happens to them when water is in short supply all help to raise people’s awareness of the problem.
Dr Patty Ramirez, a research associate on citizen science at UWE, said it was also helpful to hear people’s memories of local droughts and how they were affected by such incidents.
Anyone interested in getting involved should go along to The Ridings any time between 10.30am and 4pm. Tea and cake will be available.