January 19, 2018

Elm trees with Dutch elm disease given a second chance in Brighton


Elm trees from Preston Park which fell victim to Dutch elm disease are being given a new lease of life by being reused as cladding for a new building in Stanmer Park. The building, known as the kiosk, will house cycle hire, an information centre and toilets as part of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project. Last week, students from Plumpton College set up a portable milling machine in the grounds of Stanmer Park and, along with Cityparks staff from Brighton and Hove City Council, began the task of ‘planking’ – creating the new building material. When the elms are sawn…

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Team GB battle world’s best at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships


The British STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® team had their sharpened axes and saws at the ready as they jet off to Norway to battle the best lumberjacks on the planet at the 13th annual STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships in Lillehammer on 3 and 4 November. The two day competition, featuring both team and individual events, saw more than 100 athletes from 23 countries slice and dice their way through tree trunks across six axe, saw and chainsaw disciplines to be crowned the best lumberjack in the world. The British STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® team will be joining logger sports athletes from all over the…

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Community coppicing social enterprise scoops £10,000 funding pot

Greenwood Twiggs has been awarded the TD GreenStreets grant to help create a hectare of coppice woodland in Bury, Greater Manchester. The project, which will be run across two sites, will involve working with local community groups and schools to create new woodland used for coppicing, an ancient woodland management technique and part of our cultural heritage. Greenwood Twiggs is a social enterprise who manages a number of woodlands across the region, bringing unmanaged and unloved urban habitats back into use benefitting both people and the environment. The project secured a £10,000 grant from TD Green Streets – a grant…

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Epping Forest celebrates 800th anniversary of Forest Charter

On 6 November, Epping Forest and the City of London Corporation, which manages the ancient woodland, will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the UK’s 1217 Forest Charter – the sister statute to the Magna Carta – which re-established and protected the rights of ordinary people to make a living from common land. Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee, said: “The Charter continues to have far reaching consequences nationally, even to this day. By restoring the legitimacy of the forests, the Forest Charter, which was a part of UK legislation until 1971, has left…

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The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed from Glastonbury on Saturday 4 November, highlights the outstanding role of trees and calls for mass mobilisation of tree planting

Much excitement awaits the imminent arrival of The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed from the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury this Saturday, 4 November, inviting tree lovers across the UK and the world to tune in and join the movement to plant trees, safeguard forests and save our ecosystems. With mounting evidence for the considerable wellbeing benefits of trees and the crucial role trees can play in reducing carbon emissions and averting climate change, 130 tree lovers – including leading scientists, environmentalists and reforestation project leaders – will gather for this unique networking forum showcasing many inspirational tree projects, organisations…

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Först chips in for DART’s Caribbean mission

Först, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of woodchippers, has helped make DART’s latest mission a reality by donating funds to its Caribbean expedition. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, DART (Disaster Arborist Response Team) set about offering its services to the Dominican government’s Emergency Operations Centre. After receiving funding from Först and a number of other benefactors, a team of DART arborists from around the UK headed out for an initial deployment in mid September. Such was DART’s impact clearing roads blocked by fallen trees, a second and larger team was sent out on 6 October to provide 28…

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Power and progress with Timberwolf’s new petrol range


Timberwolf are extending their low emission petrol product family, developing further their comprehensive range of professional wood chippers. Impending changes to engine legislation will affect many machines regularly used by arborists, landscapers, and estate managers, including chippers. An ongoing legislation programme to limit emissions from diesel engines, is progressing with the next step coming into force on 1 January 2019. Current diesel engines can continue to be used after this date to power existing equipment, but only Stage V diesel, or alternative fuelled engines, can be supplied on new machines. The new extended Timberwolf petrol range builds on the equivalent…

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The Society for the Environment urges others to sign the SDG Accord

The Society for the Environment sign the SDG Accord and encourage other organisations (and individuals) to follow suit, joining 51 supporting organisations, 38 educational institutions and 163 individuals. The SDG Accord was created by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) in response to the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN. Announced at the World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) held in Vancouver, the SDG Accord is ‘the university and college sector’s collective response to the SDGs – a global pledge by educators that they will accept a…

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Sapling planted at Blackpool’s new police to bring good luck


The tradition of tree planting a sapling to bring good luck to Blackpool’s new police station was carried out yesterday. Lancashire’s chief constable Andy Rhodes and police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw planted the evergreen sapling in a ceremony outside of the new station. Originally presented as part of a topping out ceremony in July when the multimillion pound building reached its maximum height. It was planted at the front of the new building, close to the enquiry desk, while a plaque was put up next to the tree to make people aware of its significance. Chief constable Rhodes said:…

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Ancient tree from north-west China declared ‘most complicated’ ever found


Fossils from the 374-million-year-old cladoxlopsid, an ancient tree with multiple trunks that split apart and then repair itself, has been declared the most complicated ever discovered. The ancient tree, from north-west China, reveals an intricate web of trunks that would have appeared like a “network of water pipes”. Dr Chris Berry, University of Cardiff said: “The tree simultaneously ripped its skeleton apart and collapsed under its own weight while staying alive.” Scientists from Cardiff University discovered the that, rather than laying down one growth ring under the bark every year, each of the hundreds of individual strands were growing their own…

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