August 16, 2018

Another record breaking year in Green-tech’s 24 year history

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Leading landscape supplier Green-tech is celebrating a bumper year since its formation in 1994. Green-tech has enjoyed 12 consecutive record-breaking months; a first for the company. February was the ultimate high when they achieved an unprecedented £1.6 million of sales. The company is expecting to end their financial year with an annual turnover of £14.5 million, up 14.5% on last year. Green-tech’s head count has continued to rise as predicted and they have plans to expand to 90 staff by the end of the year. The sales team is their largest team with further growth scheduled. Green-tech successfully took on…

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Greenworx branches out with Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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Tree surgery and ground clearance contractor Greenworx is going for growth, after acquiring its first Mercedes-Benz Unimog. The versatile off-road truck is more than paying its way by performing the work of several other vehicles – it can power a range of attached implements and combines the rough terrain capability of a tractor with a 56 mph on road cruising speed. Supplied by specialist Unimog Dealer Lloyd Ltd, the U430 model has a factory-fitted tipping body with aluminium dropsides. Its six-cylinder engine produces 220 kW (299 hp), and drives through an automatic gearbox which allows the driver to concentrate fully…

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Burleys arb team finishes Surrey council job ahead of schedule

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Burleys arboriculture team completed a project removing and reducing roadside trees for Surrey County Council a day ahead of schedule – thanks to hard graft and dedicated teamwork. The division was asked to reduce and fell a number of London planes, limes and Norway maple trees to enable the council, for which Royal Warrant holder Burleys is an approved contractor, to create cycle lanes and install bus stops on either side of the busy A3004 Stanwell Moor Road near Heathrow airport. The job was made more complicated by the need to close one lane each side of the two-lane 50mph dual…

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Debham Vale Tree Surgery Choose Timberwolf

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Dedham Vale Tree Surgery have used Timberwolf’s range of wood chippers extensively, utilising their power and performance. Offering a comprehensive range of tree surgery services across South Suffolk and North Essex, Dedham Vale Tree Surgery’s priority is client satisfaction, from initial visit to completion. Harry Adams, company founder of Dedham Vale Tree Surgery, comments: “We’ve tried other brands of commercial wood chipper before, but their performance was nowhere near as good as Timberwolf.” Dedham Vale Tree Surgery have owned Timberwolf products for the last three years, initially choosing a pre-owned TW 150DHB,from Authorised Timberwolf Dealer Ben Burgess. Investing in their…

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Burton has fewest trees in county due to ‘brewing past’

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Burton has fewer trees than other towns and cities in Staffordshire – despite being in the National Forest, it has emerged. Although Burton describes itself as the “gateway to the National Forest“, county council bosses say it still has fewer trees, with one possible reason being due to the town’s brewing heritage. The town still has many of its tree-less Victorian terraces, with “no significant post-war clearance” having taken place in terms of modernising these streets, including adding planting, says a report. But now a two-year pilot project, spearheaded by Staffordshire County Council has been launched to plant more trees in Burton,…

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Proposed merger between UKFPA and Confor

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Following discussions between the two leading trade associations in the UK forestry and forest products sectors, the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and the UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA), proposals for a merger of the two organisations have been announced. Discussions about the proposed merger are now at an advanced stage and are being considered by members of both organisations. “This is an exciting time for the forestry and wood processing industry,” said Confor chair Athole McKillop. “We have so many challenges facing us, from Brexit to plant health, to securing future wood supply, it’s vital that we make best…

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HS2 cost rises by £2m to buy trees

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The government is putting another couple of million into the cash pile that’s to pay for HS2, with a plan to build what it calls a “Green Corridor” along parts of the line seeing the planting of millions of trees set to cost £2m. A selection of our finest, British, non-immigrant, native trees with union flag leaves and bloated white trunks are to be planted along a section of line between Birmingham and Crewe, with the £2m apparently enough to pay for the digging in of seven million trees and shrubs. It’s part of an £8m funding package designed to keep people with…

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Perennial launches online budgeting tool to help manage finances

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Perennial, the UK horticulture industry’s charity, has launched an online budgeting tool to help people understand their financial position and plan ahead. As the cost of living continues to rise beyond that of economic recovery, more and more people working across the UK horticulture sector are struggling to make ends meet, or are unable to put anything by for savings or emergencies. Taking control of finances, particularly when earning a low wage, is not easy but Perennial’s new online tool is designed to help people manage their money and to suggest changes to improve their finances. Matthew Cooper, debt advice manager at Perennial, says: “Creating a budget is important because…

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Michael Gove will tell councils to stop tree felling to cut costs

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Councils will be told to stop felling thousands of trees to slash costs after the environment secretary appointed an expert to protect them. Michael Gove said Sir William Worsley — chair of the National Forest Company — would “rapidly drive forward planting rates and prevent street trees being felled”. The Cabinet minister last year accused council chiefs of “environmental vandalism” for chopping down trees. It came after he branded a scheme by Sheffield city council which felled more than 4,400 trees over the past five years as part of a £2.2bn road maintenance contract with Amey as “bonkers”. But the…

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ICF extend search for new Development Director until September

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The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has extended its deadline in the search for a new Development Director. Candidates wishing to apply for this senior ICF role now have until September 30th to submit an application. The role will lead on development activities at the Institute, and it will also entail improving professional standards in the forestry and arboriculture sector. ICF is the leading professional body for forestry and arboriculture professionals in the UK, offering Royal Chartered status. The role for the ICF is to provide services to its members and also to regulate standards of entry into the profession….

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