June 29, 2017

Woodlands honoured in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards


Wonderful woodlands and fabulous forests from all across Scotland have been recognised in an annual awards ceremony. The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, which are supported by Confor, honour the outstanding contributions made by woodland to people, the environment and the economy. The winners come from the length and breadth of Scotland, from the Borders Forest Trust Wildwood Group in the south to the Airor Common Grazings Committee in Knoydart in the north west. Scotland’s Finest Woods, the independent charity which operates the awards programme, said the quality of 2017 winners was “exceptional”. The awards were presented at the Royal…

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Large scale tree planting is a challenge across the globe


Planting large-scale forests creates the same challenges across the globe – whether they are planted in Ghana or Galloway, Confor’s Chief Executive told an international gathering at Edinburgh Castle. Stuart Goodall told a New Generation Plantations 2017 reception that communication of the modern forestry story, and dialogue between different countries, was crucial. “We are seeking to engage constructively with NGOs but need to get their attention for long enough to explain, engage and communicate what modern forestry looks like,” he said. Mr Goodall facilitated a discussion between three foresters involved in modern-day plantations, from Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay – in…

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Agroforestry conference explores benefits trees can bring to farmland


250 farmers, foresters, landowners and researchers have come together to learn more about some of the UK’s leading agroforestry systems, at a dedicated conference exploring the benefits and practicalities of bringing more trees onto farmland, and taking farming into forests. Agroforestry 2017, an event hosted by the Soil Association, the Woodland Trust and the Royal Forestry Society, was inspired by evidence that agroforestry can boost productivity and sustainability at once. By mixing farming and forestry, a well-managed agroforestry system can produce 40% more than if they are separate. Speaking on the practical benefits of agroforestry, Sophie Churchill OBE, Royal Forestry…

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Westminster celebrates a New Generation of forests


Foresters from around the globe were welcomed to Westminster this week for a reception to celebrate 10 years of WWF’s New Generation Plantations initiative. The event was part of the tenth annual encounter of WWF’s New Generation Plantations platform (NGP). Confor is proud to support and be involved in the organisation of this week-long series of meetings and field visits in London and Edinburgh. The NGP participants were welcomed to the Palace of Westminster by Chris Davies MP Chairman of Confor’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, “It is great to see UK organisations like Confor working with international NGOs like…

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Study to establish what skills are needed for the future of forestry

RFS Royal Forestry Society

The RFS on behalf of the Forestry Skills Forum has appointed RDI Associates Ltd to undertake a sector skills study that will help to identify the skills gaps and shortages, training provision and future needs of the forestry industry in England and Wales. The study will take place over the coming months and will focus on the forest establishment, management and harvesting sub-sectors to provide an evidence base that will allow a skills action plan to be developed. Funding and in-kind support for the study has been provided by the RFS, Forestry Commission England, Woodland Heritage, the Scottish Forestry Trust…

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The importance of ethical tree care and the environment


By Paul George, Landmark Trading Trees are a vital part of the global ecosystem, providing us with many of the things we need to live. As arborists, acting ethically when we undertake any job is of the utmost importance. Although tree preservation and practicing as an arborist are two things that may seem dichotomous to the other through the outside lens, it is arborists that must be the most conscious of how our actions may potentially affect the fragile global ecosystem. Whilst environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline is vast, complex and ultimately, entirely theoretical, there are a few important…

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Kent community help raise £750,000 for woodland regeneration


The Woodland Trust’s Hucking Estate is going to be made bigger and better after donations raised three quarters of a million pound in just three months. The success follows the charity’s campaign which called for help when a 116 acre piece of farmland went up for sale in February next to the existing woodland. Wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts quickly responded, and over £100,000 has been raised by the people of Kent alone. The rest has been secured from Woodland Trust members and supporters throughout the UK, and other sources like charitable trusts. It has meant that – rather than…

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MultiOne launches new multifunction mini loader


The Italian multifunction mini loader specialist, MultiOne SRL have been busy working on their newest model which promises to impress and complement the existing range of MultiOne loaders. MultiOne SRL recently unveiled the NEW Series 4 which slots perfectly in-between the already successful Series 2 and Series 5. This superb all-rounder is perfect for maintaining landscaped areas and ideal for farmers looking for a light and economical machine that won’t break the bank. Packed with a high-performance Kubota Diesel Engine and a Double-H telescopic boom the Series 4 is a robust and reliable loader with a rigid forged heavy-duty chassis that ensures superb…

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Isuzu Grafters play key role at traditional Scottish working estate


With the arrival of its third Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne truck, Champfleurie Estates now operates an all-Isuzu distribution fleet delivering bagged firewood and other home produced timber products to customers within a 25 mile radius of the historic 15th century estate in Linlithgow, West Lothian. A third narrow cabbed Isuzu Grafter N35.120 rigid has recently gone into service at the estate and this latest Grafter has been specified with a bespoke drop side body with a larger carrying capacity than its two predecessors. This enables the 17-plate Isuzu to load two standard builders bags of firewood side-by-side within the body,…

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David Lock Associates launch ‘MK50 trees’ website

David Lock

As part of Milton Keynes reaching its 50th birthday this year, David Lock Associates has created a special website to help mark the occasion, dedicated to the beautiful trees in the Borough. The ‘New City’ of Milton Keynes boasts over 5,000 acres of parkland, rivers, lakes and woodland including over 22 million trees.  The website ‘MK50 Trees’ maps out the location of 49 trees across the Borough – nominated by staff at DLA who have worked and lived in the area for many years – for either their location, uniqueness and aesthetic qualities or personal memories they may hold. The…

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