November 13, 2018


World War One: Trees planted to honour fallen footballers


Trees commemorating professional footballers who died in World War One have been planted around England and Wales. Most of the 92 clubs in the Premier and Football Leagues are participating in the Football Remembers campaign to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict’s end. They have been planting groves of trees supplied by the Woodland Trust. The North West of England has always been a hotbed of football, and the region sent some of its finest players off to fight in the trenches. Here we remember some of those who served their country and, in many cases, paid the ultimate…

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How to conduct a tree survey

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Regardless of their number, it remains to be every tree owner’s responsibility to get their trees checked. The more trees they have, especially those in high-risk areas, the higher the responsibility. A Tree survey is of huge importance in not only maintaining safety but also the proper growth and development of new trees, whether they be in small wooded areas or vast forests. A professional arborist can conduct a tree survey on either public or private property. The result gives property owners useful information, so they can decide what to do with the trees and, consequently, their land. The information captured…

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Protected tree felling prosecution


A Beckenham resident who knowingly felled three protected pine trees has been prosecuted.   Peter Clarke of Westgate Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to carrying out prohibiting work. This includes felling, to the protected trees without the written consent of the local authority. He received orders to pay total fines and costs of over £15,000.   Councillor Kate Lymer, executive councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Householders are responsible for their privately-owned land and its upkeep. This includes their obligations as custodians of trees with preservation orders on them. Enforcement and prosecution is always a last resort. But, when the amenity…

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Arborist Harness Guide


In 2016 the Tree Care Industry Association (TICA) found a total of 92 tree care related fatalities. Of these, the most common injury in 2016 was due to a fall (48 injuries with 26 fatalities) and this trend has remained unchanged since 2013. A 2017 study by The Arboricultural Association found that 60% of practicing arborists considered poor work positioning to be the cause of accidents in the workplace. It should be clear to any arborist that your harness is front and centre in terms of keeping you safe as you perform any type of aerial work. The good news…

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Bonfire guidance for tree waste


There is no law in the UK that specifically bans bonfires in gardens, even in smoke-free zones. But there are laws against causing a public or statutory nuisance, and some restrictions that landscapers should be aware of being lighting a bonfire. If smoke makes its way on to a public highway, it can be classified as a criminal offence in some circumstances and leads to fines. Regularly burning material on private property could also be a nuisance in the eyes of the council, if it causes problems for neighbours. Councils could issue an abatement notice. What to burn on a bonfire A lot of garden waste can be…

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Trees planted at RAU as part of Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

COTSWOLD MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown joined more than 500 MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. It is a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. The trees, two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel were planted in the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester on Friday, November 2. They were donated to Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. “I am honoured to have been invited by The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy to plant five trees at The Royal Agricultural University…

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What do trees do at night?


Asking what trees do at night sounds odd. They’re trees. They just stand there, right? Wrong. It turns out trees get up to a lot more than you’d imagine at night – it turns out they even go to sleep … It’s easy to assume plants grow at a slow, steady rate around the clock – but Charles Darwin showed that they actually grow in spurts late at night, with plant stems elongating fastest in the hours just before dawn. They also drink heavily. Plants absorb water in their roots (a process called transpiration) and then, as water evaporates from…

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‘Test tube trees’: An insurance policy against extinction?

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A tiny oak tree emerges from a test tube in the laboratory. The seedling of the mighty oak has had an unusual start in life. Raised using techniques pioneered in fertility labs, it is the product of new efforts to preserve the seeds of wild plants. The world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate, with about one in five thought to be at risk of extinction. “It’s an insurance policy against extinction in the wild,” says Dr John Dickie of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex. “In situ conservation, in a reserve, is always the best, because…

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Tree surgeon fined £3,000 for dumping waste wood near major road


A tree surgeon has been fined more than £3,000 after dumping felled timber and waste on land off a major road. Richard Carrington, of Congleton, was spotted by a local farmer unloading his flat-bed tipper truck in a field off the A34 near Moreton. After leaving a pile of timber, wood chips and a wooden gate, as well as protective workwear, goggles and masks, the 28-year-old attempted to leave the scene but was blocked by a member of the public. Police were called to the scene and provided the council with supporting statements towards the prosecution. Carrington was told at…

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Sheffield council proposes deal to cut down fewer trees

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Sheffield council has proposed a deal under which fewer trees would be cut down as a result of its controversial road maintenance scheme, following a long-running dispute with campaigners. The council paused the felling temporarily in March after dozens of protesters were arrested while attempting to stop trees being chopped down. About 5,500 trees have so far been removed and replaced with saplings as part of a 25-year, £2.2bn private finance initiative deal with the contractor Amey. Under the agreement, which was signed by the Labour council in 2012, the company is tasked with maintaining the city’s roads and pavements, including its 36,000…

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