July 27, 2016

  • urban

    Urban trees breathe life into regeneration plans

    Viridor and Stockport Council have supported urban street tree planting in historic heart of Stockport, connecting key projects of the town’s wider £1 billion regeneration programme. As part of Manchester City of Trees and the Viridor Street Tree programme, 10 sweet gum and serviceberry trees have been planted on St Petersgate in Stockport town centre, helping to bring greenery and improved biodiversity to the urban environment, as well as linking key new development sites via pedestrian friendly tree line routes. The trees were planted in the historic heart of Stockport’s urban centre, delivering key aspirations from the Council’s Green Infrastructure…

  • olive

    Olive trees victim of new bacterial infection

    A plant pathogen known as Xylella fastidiosa has been affecting olive trees, which are a critical part of Italian culture and heritage. The movement to fell the affected trees has been met with resistance by the locals. X. fastidiosa is a bacterial species that feeds on the xylem of plants and is spread by insects. In the past, the most severe economic effects of the X. fastidiosa were felt in the US and Brazil. Preventing the spread of X. fastidiosa requires early detection to ensure that the infected area remains small. Unfortunately, it can take 12 to 14 months for trees…

  • concerns

    Safety concerns lead to felling of sentimental tree

    A 170-year-old beech tree near a public war memorial in Mountain Ash is being pulled down due to safety concerns. The huge tree, at Dyffryn Woods off Mill Road, has recently been examined by specialists, who determined it needs to be felled because it could be a risk to members of the public, after contracting a fungus. Mountain Ash East councillor Pauline Jarman, said local people have contacted her with concerns about the tree being removed, but says she has been assured it is the safest course of action. She said: “The tree was examined by a tree specialist and was…

  • trunk

    Ancient 6,500 year old tree trunk found

    Workers have found ancient tree trunks in Widnes, close to Liverpool. The trunks were unearthed as engineers dug up the ground to prepare for Halton’s new Mersey Gateway bridge. Workmen discovered tree trunks that are more than 6,500 years old as they were excavating material underneath the saltmarsh in Widnes. The timbers were sent for carbon dating and tests reveal that one of the timbers was 4,500 years old while another was from the Stone Age, estimated to be 6,500 years old. Victoria Pollard, environment manager for Merseylink, which is building the bridge, said the tree rings of the timbers show when…

  • arb

    Arb Association host 50th conference

    2016 marks the 50th Conference to be held by the Arb Association and the event has been designed to accommodate a wide range of topics for both the Arboricultural and Landscape sectors. Speakers, delegates and exhibitors have been booking their places well in advance. Key note speakers will be Martín Kelly, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Merrick Denton-Thompson President of the Landscape Institute and Paul Ries, Director of the Urban Forestry Program at Oregon University. Simon Richmond, Conference Manager, commented on the build up to the conference: “This year’s event marks a special moment in the Association’s history – our…

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urban

Urban trees breathe life into regeneration plans

Jul 27, 2016

Viridor and Stockport Council have supported urban street tree planting in historic heart of Stockport, connecting key projects of the town’s wider £1 billion regeneration programme. As part of Manchester City of Trees and the Viridor Street Tree programme, 10 sweet gum and serviceberry trees have been planted on St Petersgate in Stockport town centre, helping to bring greenery and improved biodiversity to the urban environment, as well as linking key new development sites via pedestrian friendly tree line routes. The trees were planted in the historic heart of Stockport’s urban centre, delivering key aspirations from the Council’s Green Infrastructure…

olive

Olive trees victim of new bacterial infection

Jul 27, 2016

A plant pathogen known as Xylella fastidiosa has been affecting olive trees, which are a critical part of Italian culture and heritage. The movement to fell the affected trees has been met with resistance by the locals. X. fastidiosa is a bacterial species that feeds on the xylem of plants and is spread by insects. In the past, the most severe economic effects of the X. fastidiosa were felt in the US and Brazil. Preventing the spread of X. fastidiosa requires early detection to ensure that the infected area remains small. Unfortunately, it can take 12 to 14 months for trees…

concerns

Safety concerns lead to felling of sentimental tree

Jul 26, 2016

A 170-year-old beech tree near a public war memorial in Mountain Ash is being pulled down due to safety concerns. The huge tree, at Dyffryn Woods off Mill Road, has recently been examined by specialists, who determined it needs to be felled because it could be a risk to members of the public, after contracting a fungus. Mountain Ash East councillor Pauline Jarman, said local people have contacted her with concerns about the tree being removed, but says she has been assured it is the safest course of action. She said: “The tree was examined by a tree specialist and was…

trunk

Ancient 6,500 year old tree trunk found

Jul 26, 2016

Workers have found ancient tree trunks in Widnes, close to Liverpool. The trunks were unearthed as engineers dug up the ground to prepare for Halton’s new Mersey Gateway bridge. Workmen discovered tree trunks that are more than 6,500 years old as they were excavating material underneath the saltmarsh in Widnes. The timbers were sent for carbon dating and tests reveal that one of the timbers was 4,500 years old while another was from the Stone Age, estimated to be 6,500 years old. Victoria Pollard, environment manager for Merseylink, which is building the bridge, said the tree rings of the timbers show when…

arb

Arb Association host 50th conference

Jul 26, 2016

2016 marks the 50th Conference to be held by the Arb Association and the event has been designed to accommodate a wide range of topics for both the Arboricultural and Landscape sectors. Speakers, delegates and exhibitors have been booking their places well in advance. Key note speakers will be Martín Kelly, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Merrick Denton-Thompson President of the Landscape Institute and Paul Ries, Director of the Urban Forestry Program at Oregon University. Simon Richmond, Conference Manager, commented on the build up to the conference: “This year’s event marks a special moment in the Association’s history – our…

solar

Solar energy project could cause tree felling

Jul 25, 2016

A proposed solar project at a disused Long Island nuclear power plant has caused outrage, as it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is just plain stupid,” said Dick Amper, of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. “Solar is very important to fight global warming and beyond, but I’m afraid we’re making false choices when you destroy portions of nature and the environment to accomplish that end.” A court fight is brewing over a plan by New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park to cut down nearly 15,000 trees to make way for…