February 23, 2018

  • Southampton

    Trees provide £1.29m worth of benefits a year in Southampton

    Research led by the University of Southampton has shown that Southampton reaps £1.29m worth of benefits from hundreds of thousands of trees in its city park and urban spaces. The study looked at factors like climate regulation, air pollution removal, flood protection, provision of wildlife habitats and the benefit of access to green ‘tree’ space on people’s physical and mental health. The university worked in collaboration with Southampton City Council, Forest Research (research agency of the Forestry Commission) and social enterprise Treeconomics, the researchers used specialist software to assess the value of the tree population to the city. Lead researcher and Associate Professor in…

  • Formby

    Sefton Council seeks advice from tree experts over tree felling

    Sefton Council is set to meet with tree experts after a protest was held again plans to fell trees in Formby village. Contractors were confronted by angry residents holding protests in the village when they tried to chop down five horse chestnut trees. Expert advice is being sought by the council having previously stated that the trees posed a health and safety risk. A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “As promised, we agreed with Formby Parish Council and local councillors to defer the tree removal works planned in Formby Village to give an opportunity for them to commission an independent…

  • 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…

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Southampton

Trees provide £1.29m worth of benefits a year in Southampton

Feb 22, 2018

Research led by the University of Southampton has shown that Southampton reaps £1.29m worth of benefits from hundreds of thousands of trees in its city park and urban spaces. The study looked at factors like climate regulation, air pollution removal, flood protection, provision of wildlife habitats and the benefit of access to green ‘tree’ space on people’s physical and mental health. The university worked in collaboration with Southampton City Council, Forest Research (research agency of the Forestry Commission) and social enterprise Treeconomics, the researchers used specialist software to assess the value of the tree population to the city. Lead researcher and Associate Professor in…

Formby

Sefton Council seeks advice from tree experts over tree felling

Feb 21, 2018

Sefton Council is set to meet with tree experts after a protest was held again plans to fell trees in Formby village. Contractors were confronted by angry residents holding protests in the village when they tried to chop down five horse chestnut trees. Expert advice is being sought by the council having previously stated that the trees posed a health and safety risk. A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “As promised, we agreed with Formby Parish Council and local councillors to defer the tree removal works planned in Formby Village to give an opportunity for them to commission an independent…

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…