December 17, 2017

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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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


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…

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Leeds could be planting thousands of trees to prevent future flooding


Plans could be underway along the banks of the River Aire in Leeds to prevent future flooding as a part of the next phase of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme. The proposal will be put to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for government approval. This second phase will focus on upstream areas, including the Kirkstall corridor and the South Bank. Plans are based around natural flood management techniques, which would see the tree canopy in the river’s catchment double what it currently is, with water storage areas created to be operated by controlled gates. The gates would release…

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‘YACWAG’ stages 10th annual tree dressing day


Members of a North Somerset wildlife group YACWAG (Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group) staged their 10th annual tree dressing day over the weekend in a bid to draw attention to the importance of trees to communities. YACWAG members attached messages to 54 trees stating the vital role trees play for both people and wildlife. Spokesman Faith Moulin said: “We hope people enjoy finding the trees we have labelled and, at this time when there is so much emphasis on cutting down trees, consider the ones quietly growing in our midst which are reducing pollution, reducing flood risk and producing oxygen…

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200-year-old sycamore named Scotland’s Tree of the Year


Nicknamed the “Big Tree” by local residents in Kirkwall, a 200,year-old sycamore has won the title of Scotland’s Tree of the Year. Run by the Woodland Trust, the competition is a celebration of the country’s best loved trees. The title was announced after nominations made by the public. The tree is a well-known and much-loved landmark in Kirkwall. It’s history dates back to a boom in Ash trade throughout Orkney during the Napoleonic war, where Orcadians became very wealthy and built grand houses in Kirkwall. In the 1870s, a new owner of one of these houses felled two of the…

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Save Greenhead Trees Action Group suggests flexible paving could save trees in Gledholt


After a long disputed argument over tree felling near Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park, Gledholt, a plan has been suggested to introduce the flexible paving, Flexi-Pave. Members of the Save Greenhead Trees Action Group are calling on Kirklees Council to delay the felling eight trees on Gledholt Road and Gledholt Bank until a Halifax company making flexible paving has had chance to view the site and make recommendations. Kirklees council has stated that the trees must be felled due to a potential danger, making the footpaths unsafe for pedestrians. The plans would replace these trees with more suitable species that would not…

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