April 30, 2017

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    Hundreds of trees planted marking Freemasonry anniversary

    Hundreds of trees were planted on Otley Chevin this week to mark a special anniversary in Freemasonry. Members of Chevin Lodge were joined by senior representatives of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding on Monday, April 24 when they planted 300 Oak saplings. The event was part of national celebrations that are being held to mark the 300th anniversary for the United Grand Lodge of England. The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, meanwhile – which covers West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire – is also celebrating its own bicentenary this year. The Oak planting…

  • Woodland Trust

    Woodland Trust condemns decision to allow Brickworth Quarry expansion

    Forthcoming updates to planning policy could have helped save nearly 20 hectares of ancient woodland, home to numerous species of birds, bats and invertebrates, which will be permanently lost after Wiltshire Council approved the expansion of Brickworth Quarry near the village of Whiteparish today. The decision has been condemned by the Woodland Trust, which is citing recent clear Government intentions to improve protection for ancient woodland (and ‘aged and veteran trees’) set out through the housing white paper published in March. The conservation charity is encouraging the public to respond to the current consultation on the white paper, agreeing with…

  • William Wallace

    Tree linked to William Wallace could be ‘major archaeological find’

    Experts believe the discovery in Port Glasgow of a tree linked to William Wallace could be a ‘major archaeological find’. Officials from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) recently met with a group of Inverclyde enthusiasts who have been digging into the local legend. Cha Halliday, Sean Donnelly and Stuart Duncan rediscovered the last remaining pieces of trunk, which Wallace was said to have been chained to following his capture by the English in 1305, three years ago. Ever since then they have being trying to authenticate them with a view to creating a permanent memorial in the Port. Earlier this year, leading scientist Dr Coralie Mills…

  • ancient woodland

    Tirpentwys Cut quarry plans turned down over ancient woodland fears

    Plans for a quarry and access road have been turned down by Torfaen council over fears of the “irreplaceable loss” of ancient woodland. A planning application at Tirpentwys Cut was submitted in 2003 and involves building a quarry and access road onto the A472 Hafodyrynys Road, in Crumlin. The operation would involve an estimated 12 staff recovering Pennant Sandstone materials from former opencast coal waste tips. These materials would be used in the road construction industry and transported from the quarry site through a new access road snaking through a patch of ancient woodland. he entire project aimed to recover…

  • Great Trees of Sheffield

    Less than a week to enter Great Trees of Sheffield contest

    There is less than a week to enter the Great Trees of Sheffield contest. The contest, which the organisers say aims to bring some positivity into one of Sheffield’s hottest debates, ends on Monday. Fourteen trees have been entered so far. The Tree Hunter, Rob McBride, visited Sheffield with Belgian tree photographer Roel Jacobs to view the entrants and the nominators. Mr McBride said Mr Jacobs was ‘bowled over’ by the enthusiasm and passion shown for the trees. Nominations so far include an ancient mulberry tree in Handsworth, a lime tree on Meersbrook Road and a vernon oak tree in…

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Hundreds of trees planted marking Freemasonry anniversary

Apr 27, 2017

Hundreds of trees were planted on Otley Chevin this week to mark a special anniversary in Freemasonry. Members of Chevin Lodge were joined by senior representatives of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding on Monday, April 24 when they planted 300 Oak saplings. The event was part of national celebrations that are being held to mark the 300th anniversary for the United Grand Lodge of England. The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, meanwhile – which covers West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire – is also celebrating its own bicentenary this year. The Oak planting…

Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust condemns decision to allow Brickworth Quarry expansion

Apr 27, 2017

Forthcoming updates to planning policy could have helped save nearly 20 hectares of ancient woodland, home to numerous species of birds, bats and invertebrates, which will be permanently lost after Wiltshire Council approved the expansion of Brickworth Quarry near the village of Whiteparish today. The decision has been condemned by the Woodland Trust, which is citing recent clear Government intentions to improve protection for ancient woodland (and ‘aged and veteran trees’) set out through the housing white paper published in March. The conservation charity is encouraging the public to respond to the current consultation on the white paper, agreeing with…

William Wallace

Tree linked to William Wallace could be ‘major archaeological find’

Apr 26, 2017

Experts believe the discovery in Port Glasgow of a tree linked to William Wallace could be a ‘major archaeological find’. Officials from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) recently met with a group of Inverclyde enthusiasts who have been digging into the local legend. Cha Halliday, Sean Donnelly and Stuart Duncan rediscovered the last remaining pieces of trunk, which Wallace was said to have been chained to following his capture by the English in 1305, three years ago. Ever since then they have being trying to authenticate them with a view to creating a permanent memorial in the Port. Earlier this year, leading scientist Dr Coralie Mills…

ancient woodland

Tirpentwys Cut quarry plans turned down over ancient woodland fears

Apr 26, 2017

Plans for a quarry and access road have been turned down by Torfaen council over fears of the “irreplaceable loss” of ancient woodland. A planning application at Tirpentwys Cut was submitted in 2003 and involves building a quarry and access road onto the A472 Hafodyrynys Road, in Crumlin. The operation would involve an estimated 12 staff recovering Pennant Sandstone materials from former opencast coal waste tips. These materials would be used in the road construction industry and transported from the quarry site through a new access road snaking through a patch of ancient woodland. he entire project aimed to recover…

Great Trees of Sheffield

Less than a week to enter Great Trees of Sheffield contest

Apr 25, 2017

There is less than a week to enter the Great Trees of Sheffield contest. The contest, which the organisers say aims to bring some positivity into one of Sheffield’s hottest debates, ends on Monday. Fourteen trees have been entered so far. The Tree Hunter, Rob McBride, visited Sheffield with Belgian tree photographer Roel Jacobs to view the entrants and the nominators. Mr McBride said Mr Jacobs was ‘bowled over’ by the enthusiasm and passion shown for the trees. Nominations so far include an ancient mulberry tree in Handsworth, a lime tree on Meersbrook Road and a vernon oak tree in…

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New discoveries and collections made on Chilean conifer conservation trip

Apr 25, 2017

New discoveries and substantial collections were made in Chile by tree experts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Benmore Botanic Garden, and the Perthshire Conifer Conservation Programme. The team headed to Chile to make research and conservation observations and collections of Chilean conifers and their associated species in their natural habitats. They were successful in making significant seed collections from a range of conifer species, including Chilean Plum Yew (Prumnopitys andina), and discovered two previously unknown populations of this threatened species – one in the Andes and one in the central depression. As many of the valleys where this…