February 20, 2018

  • China

    China to deploy 60,000 soldiers to plant 6,000,000 hectares of new trees

    China will be mobilising 60,000 soldiers to plant 6.6 million hectares of new trees over the next year, a space of land around the size of Ireland. Soldiers will be reassigned from The People’s Liberation Army with the goal of increasing the country’s total forest coverage from 21% to 23%. Millions of trees will be planted in Hebei, a province surrounding the capital Beijing, which is heavily polluted and a major reason behind the infamous smog throughout the city. Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration, stated that this scheme will be a part of the larger 33.8 million…

  • Hackney

    250-year-old plane trees to be pruned and cut due to fungus in Hackney

    The plane trees, each around 250 years old, are set to be pruned back and then eventually cut down in the London borough of Hackney due to fungus, which is eating away at their roots. Though the trees are seen as something of a local landmark, representatives state that their roots are being eaten away by a fungus, which is leaving them dangerously unstable. The news was delivered at Clissold House on Tuesday by Hackney Council arboriculture specialist Thomas Campbell, who said new trees would be grown from cuttings of the two in question. A town hall spokesman said: “Following…

  • UKIP

    Dudley Council agrees to review tree maintenance policy

    Dudley council has agreed to review its policy relating to tree maintenance after UKIP councillow Bill Etheridge, representative of Sedgley, put forward a motion asking for the public to have more say on the cutting back of “nuisance” trees. The motion was submitted by UKIP’s Dudley group leader, Councillor Paul Brothwood due to cllr Etheridge other engagements. Speaking at the meeting, cllr Brothwood said: “When you get elected, there are three major things you come across, potholes, badgers and trees – being a major one. Certainly in Sedgley there has been quite a serious problem. “As local councillors we know…

  • Selby

    Disease-resistant elm to be developed in Sheffield

    The English elm has gone from being the UK’s most common tree prior to the 1960s to one of the rarest today due to Dutch elm disease, which has wiped out over 60 million trees since its arrival in the UK. A resident of Sheffield is aiming to start a new initiative which will bring the elm back to the UK, with the help of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. The national project aims to establish eight experimental plantations across the UK, with three saplings of eight varieties of Dutch elm disease-resistant elm trees being planted in Greno Woods. The…

  • Croydon

    New tree officer employed to oversee 3,500 new trees planted in Croydon

    Croydon Council is set to spend £900,000 on planting 3,500 new trees throughout the borough in the next five years. An average of 700 trees per year between 2018 and 2023 at an annual cost of £180,000 in a bid to improve air quality in the borough. Areas will poor air quality will have trees planted first, making the town centre and surrounding areas, including the more northern wards, like to be prioritised. Local councillors and residents have requested other locations such as road junctions, which have higher pollution levels to be prioritised also. Varieties of trees will include cherry,…

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China

China to deploy 60,000 soldiers to plant 6,000,000 hectares of new trees

Feb 20, 2018

China will be mobilising 60,000 soldiers to plant 6.6 million hectares of new trees over the next year, a space of land around the size of Ireland. Soldiers will be reassigned from The People’s Liberation Army with the goal of increasing the country’s total forest coverage from 21% to 23%. Millions of trees will be planted in Hebei, a province surrounding the capital Beijing, which is heavily polluted and a major reason behind the infamous smog throughout the city. Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration, stated that this scheme will be a part of the larger 33.8 million…

Hackney

250-year-old plane trees to be pruned and cut due to fungus in Hackney

Feb 20, 2018

The plane trees, each around 250 years old, are set to be pruned back and then eventually cut down in the London borough of Hackney due to fungus, which is eating away at their roots. Though the trees are seen as something of a local landmark, representatives state that their roots are being eaten away by a fungus, which is leaving them dangerously unstable. The news was delivered at Clissold House on Tuesday by Hackney Council arboriculture specialist Thomas Campbell, who said new trees would be grown from cuttings of the two in question. A town hall spokesman said: “Following…

UKIP

Dudley Council agrees to review tree maintenance policy

Feb 20, 2018

Dudley council has agreed to review its policy relating to tree maintenance after UKIP councillow Bill Etheridge, representative of Sedgley, put forward a motion asking for the public to have more say on the cutting back of “nuisance” trees. The motion was submitted by UKIP’s Dudley group leader, Councillor Paul Brothwood due to cllr Etheridge other engagements. Speaking at the meeting, cllr Brothwood said: “When you get elected, there are three major things you come across, potholes, badgers and trees – being a major one. Certainly in Sedgley there has been quite a serious problem. “As local councillors we know…

Selby

Disease-resistant elm to be developed in Sheffield

Feb 20, 2018

The English elm has gone from being the UK’s most common tree prior to the 1960s to one of the rarest today due to Dutch elm disease, which has wiped out over 60 million trees since its arrival in the UK. A resident of Sheffield is aiming to start a new initiative which will bring the elm back to the UK, with the help of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. The national project aims to establish eight experimental plantations across the UK, with three saplings of eight varieties of Dutch elm disease-resistant elm trees being planted in Greno Woods. The…

Croydon

New tree officer employed to oversee 3,500 new trees planted in Croydon

Feb 20, 2018

Croydon Council is set to spend £900,000 on planting 3,500 new trees throughout the borough in the next five years. An average of 700 trees per year between 2018 and 2023 at an annual cost of £180,000 in a bid to improve air quality in the borough. Areas will poor air quality will have trees planted first, making the town centre and surrounding areas, including the more northern wards, like to be prioritised. Local councillors and residents have requested other locations such as road junctions, which have higher pollution levels to be prioritised also. Varieties of trees will include cherry,…

PPE

Put your safety first: PPE in 2018

Feb 19, 2018

With European PPE regulations about to be revised, Paul George of Landmark Trading explains what the key changes will be, why they’re happening, and how they will help those working in the arboriculture industry. By Paul George In any industry, there’s always the potential for accident and misuse of vital equipment. Although when you work with any sort of heavy machinery, like chainsaws and chippers, or work at heights, the stakes are easily raised. We’ve all heard the unfortunate stories that make the headlines, and it’s no doubt that a few of us have stories of our own near misses….