September 20, 2018

British team named for Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship


Team GB aim to make most of home advantage in the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, which takes place at Echo Arena Liverpool on 19 – 20 October. British champion Elgan Pugh teams up with fellow countrymen Glen Penlington, David Thomas and Andrew Evans. Craig Golder is in reserve. This is the first time the UK has hosted the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship. Stihl TIMBERSPORTS is an international extreme sports competition series. It involves athletes sawing, slicing and chopping wood at speed, using axes and saws. The World Championship will see the best athletes from more than 20 nations around the…

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The Environmental Training Centre launches at APF

The Environmental Training centre

The Environmental Training Centre is launching at the APF at Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire on 20-22 September. This purpose built, state of the art training centre based on a picturesque rural estate in the Midlands will be delivering high quality arboricultural training by highly experienced trainers who are well respected within the industry. Courses include tree climbing and aerial rescue, chainsaw maintenance, felling and cross cutting, pesticides, rigging, CPD and refresher courses, etc. The centre has purpose built classrooms, fully equipped workshop, indoor training tree and hard and softwood plantations on site. We will be able to provide flexible and…

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Historic east Leeds tree is shortlisted for ‘tree of the year’ award

east Leeds tree

An iconic east Leeds tree with a romantic history has been shortlisted in a Britain-wide competition to find the ‘Tree of the Year’ 2018. History of the tree Nellie’s Tree in Parlington is one of England’s finalists in the contest run by The Woodland Trust. History has it that nearly 100 years ago, a young Garforth man, Victor Stead, would walk along the old colliery railway to visit his Nellie Mosby, a young lady he was courting who lived in nearby Aberford. One day, Victor, a miner and keen gardener, came across three beech saplings on his route and grafted…

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Road inspectors to turn their attention to dangerous trees

road inspectors

Highway safety workers are to be trained to spot trees which could pose a danger to pedestrians and road users in Lancashire. The aim is to build a database of trees which require regular inspection, particularly those where there is a likelihood of branches – or the entire tree – falling to the ground. Those Lancashire County Council staff who already inspect roads and pavements will undergo a course to help identify everything from dead bark and root damage to ‘bleeding’ trunks and cavities. A report presented to cabinet members on the authority said that the new regime would not –…

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Hundreds of trees to be felled at Argyll gardens to combat disease


About 900 Japanese larch trees are to be felled at a National Trust garden in Argyll. Work is due to start at Arduaine Garden next week, in an effort to prevent the spread of a damaging disease. Phytophthora ramorum, more commonly known as sudden oak death, has already affected a number of forests across Scotland. The National Trust has been managing the disease at Arduaine Garden since it was first discovered in 2007. That was the first case of P ramorum in Scotland. The tree felling operation is part of a four-year plan, which will see some of the wood…

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Park trees being mauled by weapon dogs in fight training

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Young people are training crazed dogs to fight by goading them into mauling trees in city parks, the Evening News can reveal. Horrified witnesses have reported snarling weapon dogs clawing and biting at bark in Bruntsfield Links. Park users fear a young sycamore tree might be beyond saving after a pit bull stripped it bare in one of the worst attacks. “Damage is caused by dog owners who apparently use tree trunk bark to train their dogs,” said Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links committee member Neil Roger. “I am told they use attack dogs for fighting for betting….

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‘Pest of Zorro’ threatens to cut swathe through UK elm trees


Elm trees already devastated by Dutch elm disease are being ravaged across south and east England by a new alien pest that leaves the ‘ Mark of Zorro ‘ on their leaves. Maps seen by the Telegraph show the Elm Zigzag Sawfly, originally from Japan and named after the Z-shaped holes it eats into leaves, has colonised a 7,000 square mile area of England. The bugs can consume almost the entire foliage of an elm, not only threatening the future of rare and endangered indigenous insects like butterflies that live on elms but also weakening the trees’ ability to resist the twin threats…

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Dangerous trees were chopped down after vandals deliberately made them unsafe

dangerous trees

The Tele reported in January how a large tree fell onto the road in Finnart Street, just missing nearby houses. Now details of a Tree Hazard Management Report, which was carried out at the site following the incident have emerged. The report, which was carried out by Informed Tree Services on behalf of Inverclyde Council, states that someone had wilfully damaged three trees at the site, leaving the dangerous trees ‘extremely hazardous’ to public safety. The dangerous trees have since been removed and further remedial work is now planned at the wooded area. In relation to the three dangerous trees, the report…

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Government looks at abandoning bid to halt rampant tree disease

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Officials tasked with stopping a disease that could wipe out a significant proportion of Northern Ireland’s trees are looking at giving up efforts at eradication. Instead, the Department of Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs is considering simply recommending that Northern Ireland try to live with the disease as best as possible. Patrick Cregg, director, Woodland Trust in NI The disease – called ash dieback – first appeared on the island of Ireland in 2012, after ravaging parts of continental Europe for years beforehand. It afflicts all types of ash trees, which the Woodland Trust estimates make up about three-fifths…

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Apology ‘after’ HS2 school trees ‘cut’

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A council has apologised for not telling villagers “in a timely manner” about the need to cut school trees to make way for HS2. However residents saw two trees being cut down at the site before hearing about permission for the school’s move. Resident Neil Bevan said there had been “no communication”. Midlands Live: Two due in court over National Action claims; Funding bid for A&E expansion Planning permission to move the school was announced on Tuesday but the oak trees were cut down on Monday. Felling trees was “an integral part of the plan” to build the new school…

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