January 19, 2018

  • Megacities

    Planting 20 percent more trees in megacities would double the benefits of urban forests

    According to a study published in Ecological Modelling, planting 20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and less energy use, doubling the benefits of trees in cities. Benefits include pollution reduction, carbon sequestration, and energy reduction. The authors of the study, which was carried out at Parthenope University of Naples in Italy, say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees. Their work has been selected by an international scientific committee to be given the…

  • Borders

    Forestry Commission Scotland to encourage Borders farmers to plant more trees

    Forestry Commission Scotland will be hosting three evening talks to Borders farmers to encourage environmentally friendly tree planting into their business. The talks, which will be held in Stow, Morebattle and Eddleston, aim to show the land owners the benefits of tree planting on their farms. Doug Howieson, Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservator for south Scotland said: “The Scottish Government is looking to increase tree planting to help mitigate climate change and to secure timber supplies and jobs for the future. “Forestry is a long-term business and it takes time to think through woodland creation ideas and turn them into approved…

  • Gristwood

    Gristwood and Toms Champions International Accreditation Programme

    A pioneering international accreditation programme to standardise vocational training and assessment in the arboriculture industry across the world is being championed by the UK’s largest, specialist arboricultural company, Gristwood and Toms Ltd. The pilot scheme, spearheaded by ABA International and UK vocational training specialists, A1 Arborists, enables chainsaw operators from around the globe to evidence their skills and qualifications to an internationally agreed standard. Arboricultural companies will be able to employ ABA certificated workers with confidence, knowing that the required operator skills and safety standards have been achieved. To date, the scheme has gained the support of 22 countries, and…

  • Barcham

    Barcham Tree’s Keith Sacre to be sole UK speaker at Chesapeake Green in 2018 symposium

    Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre will be the sole speaker from the United Kingdom at “Chesapeake Green 2018”, an annual horticultural symposium now in its 15th year to be held at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA, on 20 and 20 February 2018. The event attracts a varied audience of nursery staff, landscapers, greenhouse growers, garden centre owners, plus turf and nutrient management professionals. Sacre’s presentation Tree Production, Within and Beyond the Nursery Gates will focus on Barcham’s containerised tree production and how Barcham has moved beyond conventional tree nursery work into urban forestry and close involvement in the production…

  • Scottish

    Woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels with £3 million funding from Central Scotland Green Network

    Funding for tree planting schemes in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area has been trebled as woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels. Currently, around 2,500ha of woodland creation activity, about the same size as East Kilbride, is being planned for this year. If all the projects come to fruition as expected, it will be the highest tree planting level in the area since 1999. The increase in tree planting activity is largely due to Forestry Commission Scotland promoting the benefits of integrating woodlands into farming and landowning businesses. The Central Scotland Green Network area stretches from Ayrshire and Inverclyde…

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Megacities

Planting 20 percent more trees in megacities would double the benefits of urban forests

Jan 19, 2018

According to a study published in Ecological Modelling, planting 20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and less energy use, doubling the benefits of trees in cities. Benefits include pollution reduction, carbon sequestration, and energy reduction. The authors of the study, which was carried out at Parthenope University of Naples in Italy, say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees. Their work has been selected by an international scientific committee to be given the…

Borders

Forestry Commission Scotland to encourage Borders farmers to plant more trees

Jan 18, 2018

Forestry Commission Scotland will be hosting three evening talks to Borders farmers to encourage environmentally friendly tree planting into their business. The talks, which will be held in Stow, Morebattle and Eddleston, aim to show the land owners the benefits of tree planting on their farms. Doug Howieson, Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservator for south Scotland said: “The Scottish Government is looking to increase tree planting to help mitigate climate change and to secure timber supplies and jobs for the future. “Forestry is a long-term business and it takes time to think through woodland creation ideas and turn them into approved…

Gristwood

Gristwood and Toms Champions International Accreditation Programme

Jan 17, 2018

A pioneering international accreditation programme to standardise vocational training and assessment in the arboriculture industry across the world is being championed by the UK’s largest, specialist arboricultural company, Gristwood and Toms Ltd. The pilot scheme, spearheaded by ABA International and UK vocational training specialists, A1 Arborists, enables chainsaw operators from around the globe to evidence their skills and qualifications to an internationally agreed standard. Arboricultural companies will be able to employ ABA certificated workers with confidence, knowing that the required operator skills and safety standards have been achieved. To date, the scheme has gained the support of 22 countries, and…

Barcham

Barcham Tree’s Keith Sacre to be sole UK speaker at Chesapeake Green in 2018 symposium

Jan 16, 2018

Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre will be the sole speaker from the United Kingdom at “Chesapeake Green 2018”, an annual horticultural symposium now in its 15th year to be held at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA, on 20 and 20 February 2018. The event attracts a varied audience of nursery staff, landscapers, greenhouse growers, garden centre owners, plus turf and nutrient management professionals. Sacre’s presentation Tree Production, Within and Beyond the Nursery Gates will focus on Barcham’s containerised tree production and how Barcham has moved beyond conventional tree nursery work into urban forestry and close involvement in the production…

Scottish

Woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels with £3 million funding from Central Scotland Green Network

Jan 16, 2018

Funding for tree planting schemes in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area has been trebled as woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels. Currently, around 2,500ha of woodland creation activity, about the same size as East Kilbride, is being planned for this year. If all the projects come to fruition as expected, it will be the highest tree planting level in the area since 1999. The increase in tree planting activity is largely due to Forestry Commission Scotland promoting the benefits of integrating woodlands into farming and landowning businesses. The Central Scotland Green Network area stretches from Ayrshire and Inverclyde…

Environment

Confor reaction to 25-Year Environment Plan

Jan 14, 2018

Stuart Goodall. Chief Executive of Confor, said: “It’s great to see forestry at the heart of Government thinking and to see its triple environmental, economic and social benefits recognised. “The renewed commitment to tree planting is welcome, to deliver the timber needed to support a £2 billion industry providing more than 80,000 jobs. “However, planting in England is at a modern-day low and we must increase it quickly. In Scotland, the appointment of former Chief Planner Jim Mackinnon to look at the bureaucratic barriers to planting has had a very positive impact and I’m pleased to see Confor’s idea of…