December 17, 2017

  • Agrilus

    New research provides unprecedented insights into oak-boring beetle

    The native oak-boring beetle, Agrilus biguttatus, has been collected and bred by researchers carrying out work at Forest Research and Harper Adams university. The researchers believe it is the first time the beetle has been observed and reared in the laboratory as it develops from egg to adults. These beetles appear to be connected to the declines in the health of oak trees across Europe, but it is still unknown whether they are a necessary part of Acute Oak Decline, or whether they are, instead, attracted to trees which are suffering from bacterial infections. They require warm temperatures to survive and…

  • Memorial

    Sheffield’s memorial trees deemed too expensive to save

    Sheffield council has voted against saving the memorial trees, stating that it will be too expensive to save them. Dozens of the trees, which were planted in honour of fallen soldiers, will be replaced. The decision was made during a heated public meeting, which adjourned due to shouts from the public gallery. The decision stated that 41 trees, which were planted as a “living memorial” in Western Road in 1919, will be removed and replanted. The council stated that the removal of the memorial trees would found from its existing highways contract, but the £500,000 required to save the trees and make…

  • Beaver

    Forestry Commission’s scheme to reintroduce beavers gets go-ahead

    In a bid to prevent flooding in the local area, the government have approved plans to re-introduce beavers into the Forest of Dean. The animals could prevent floods by buildings dams and ponds and improve biodiversity. Scientists believe the beavers may be able to hold back enough water to help with flood alleviation for Lydbrook by quickly constructing natural dam structures and creating new habitat. Two adult beavers and two kits will be released into a 6.5 hectare (16-acre) enclosure at Lydbrook, Gloucestershire. The plan will go ahead next year, releasing the beavers under the Forestry Commission plans, approved by Natural England….

  • Asthma

    Research shows asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighborhoods

    People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found. The study into the impact of urban greenery on asthma suggests that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of tree cover in very polluted urban neighbourhoods. The study, published in the journal Environment International, looked at more than 650,000 serious asthma attacks over a 15 year period. Emergency hospitalisations were compared across 26,000 urban neighbourhoods in England. In the most polluted urban…

  • Redbridge

    Trees for Cities starts rejuvenation project in Redbridge

    The three week-long rejuvenation project in Loxford Park has already begun, with over 60 trees already planted. The project is a part of a wider initiative to make the borough greener. Local residents have been helping to plant a naturalistic space into the sunken garden, using shrubs and bulbs. A celebration marking the success of the project was held last week, with volunteers planting the final tree in a ceremony, following a mass community planting event where where over 40 volunteers came out to plant new trees across the park. The work has been achieved through a new partnership between Redbridge…

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Agrilus

New research provides unprecedented insights into oak-boring beetle

Dec 16, 2017

The native oak-boring beetle, Agrilus biguttatus, has been collected and bred by researchers carrying out work at Forest Research and Harper Adams university. The researchers believe it is the first time the beetle has been observed and reared in the laboratory as it develops from egg to adults. These beetles appear to be connected to the declines in the health of oak trees across Europe, but it is still unknown whether they are a necessary part of Acute Oak Decline, or whether they are, instead, attracted to trees which are suffering from bacterial infections. They require warm temperatures to survive and…

Memorial

Sheffield’s memorial trees deemed too expensive to save

Dec 15, 2017

Sheffield council has voted against saving the memorial trees, stating that it will be too expensive to save them. Dozens of the trees, which were planted in honour of fallen soldiers, will be replaced. The decision was made during a heated public meeting, which adjourned due to shouts from the public gallery. The decision stated that 41 trees, which were planted as a “living memorial” in Western Road in 1919, will be removed and replanted. The council stated that the removal of the memorial trees would found from its existing highways contract, but the £500,000 required to save the trees and make…

Beaver

Forestry Commission’s scheme to reintroduce beavers gets go-ahead

Dec 14, 2017

In a bid to prevent flooding in the local area, the government have approved plans to re-introduce beavers into the Forest of Dean. The animals could prevent floods by buildings dams and ponds and improve biodiversity. Scientists believe the beavers may be able to hold back enough water to help with flood alleviation for Lydbrook by quickly constructing natural dam structures and creating new habitat. Two adult beavers and two kits will be released into a 6.5 hectare (16-acre) enclosure at Lydbrook, Gloucestershire. The plan will go ahead next year, releasing the beavers under the Forestry Commission plans, approved by Natural England….

Asthma

Research shows asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighborhoods

Dec 13, 2017

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found. The study into the impact of urban greenery on asthma suggests that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of tree cover in very polluted urban neighbourhoods. The study, published in the journal Environment International, looked at more than 650,000 serious asthma attacks over a 15 year period. Emergency hospitalisations were compared across 26,000 urban neighbourhoods in England. In the most polluted urban…

Redbridge

Trees for Cities starts rejuvenation project in Redbridge

Dec 12, 2017

The three week-long rejuvenation project in Loxford Park has already begun, with over 60 trees already planted. The project is a part of a wider initiative to make the borough greener. Local residents have been helping to plant a naturalistic space into the sunken garden, using shrubs and bulbs. A celebration marking the success of the project was held last week, with volunteers planting the final tree in a ceremony, following a mass community planting event where where over 40 volunteers came out to plant new trees across the park. The work has been achieved through a new partnership between Redbridge…

Harworth

Harworth supports City of Trees by planting nearly 40,000 saplings

Dec 12, 2017

Harworth Group plc is supporting the environmental charity City of Trees with nearly 40,000 saplings being planted across Wigan and Bolton. Harworth group plc are one of the UK’s leading land and property regeneration companies and for the past two years they have been working with the City of Trees movement supporting the planting of nearly 40,000 new trees. The Rotherham–based company recently donated over 25 hours of staff time with a number of team members coming along to a volunteering day at Bickershaw in Wigan on Thursday 7 December. The former colliery has a fascinating history of toil and…