June 20, 2018

First tree planted in River Aire natural flood management pilot


The first of 450 trees in a £500,000 natural flood management pilot scheme on the River Aire have been planted to reduce flood risk. The first of thousands of trees to be planted across the upper River Aire catchment took place today as part of a pilot natural flood management project. Cllr Judith Blake CBE, leader of Leeds City Council, planted the first tree on site at Eshton Beck, Gargrave, witnessed by volunteers, landowners, local authorities and partners. This pilot site will have 450 trees planted, to see how natural techniques can slow the flow of water and reduce the risk…

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Reporting back from a seminar with Ted Green: “Thoughts on Arboriculture Today”


Report by Colin Hambidge Ted Green MBE loves ancient trees. This remarkable and energetic man, now in his ninth decade, is a pioneer of the theory that ancient trees were once ‘working trees’, serving us through the centuries. He is also the founder president of the Ancient Tree Forum and acts as conservation consultant to the Crown Estate, Windsor. He travels across the UK and internationally, giving talks and interviews which challenge the view that ancient trees are simply relics of the past and are really not worth caring about. He argues rather they are gene banks, reservoirs of disease…

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Stihl to launch a cordless KombiEngine for all KombiTools


Stihl is set to launch a new cordless KombiEngine in May 2018, the lightest in the entire range, that is compatible with not only all current Stihl KombiTools, but also four new Kombi attachments, as the manufacturer continues to broaden its cordless product offering to the professional user. Weighing only 3.2kg for the powerhead and shaft, the new KMA 130 R is a powerful and lightweight cordless KombiEngine with high torque, low vibration and is 800 grams lighter than its petrol alternative (KM 94 RC-E). Used in conjunction with the AR backpack batteries or the AP battery belt, the KMA…

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Planting the Future: children help create England’s largest forest in 30 years


Schoolchildren planted the first of 660,000 trees in England’s largest forest for more than 30 years on Friday 23rd March.  Pupils from Wooler Middle School will help to begin the creation of the forest at Doddington North Moor, Northumberland. The new forest will provide real benefits to the North-East economy – short and long-term employment on site and a future timber supply to wood processors, including A&J Scott, which employs almost 150 people in nearby Wooperton. The trees to be planted at the site have been provided by regional nurseries – Cheviot Trees near Berwick-upon-Tweed and Trees Please in Corbridge. Environmental…

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Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities help to pause felling of Sheffield trees


Sheffield City Council’s announcement it is to pause felling of street trees is timely after the Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities presented evidence to the council questioning its tree felling assessments. Three weeks after submitting an independent report, Sheffield City Council (SCC) has yet to respond to Trees for Cities’ and the Woodland Trust’s offer to fund a more cost effective and appropriate solution to save the Vernon Oak, leaving the future of the tree uncertain. During the long running debate over the future of the Vernon Oak, one of the most iconic trees in Sheffield, residents and organisations have…

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Llandderfel man wins prestigious Woodland Trust Chairman’s Award for voluntary work


Congratulations to Brian Palmer, a retired Leadership Development and Programme Manager from Llandderfel near Bala in North Wales, who has landed the prestigious Woodland Trust Chairman’s Award, made annually to recognise outstanding voluntary work in support of the Woodland Trust’s work. Brian has volunteered for the Trust (Coed Cadw) over the last eight years in a huge variety of roles. He is a voluntary speaker, going out to tell local groups about the importance of restoring the small areas of ancient woodland that still remain, as part of the project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. But he has also…

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‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ to be held on Wednesday 2 May


Wednesday, 2 May, 2018 – 09:30 ‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment. The event will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees,…

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Woodland Trust calls for greater protection for our ancients as Gilwell Oak comes fifth in European Tree of the Year


The Gilwell Oak has come fifth in the European Tree of the Year contest. It comes as the Woodland Trust calls for the same level of protection for ancient and veteran trees as that proposed for ancient woodland in a review of English Planning Policy. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May announced welcome plans to overhaul England’s planning policy to afford ancient woodland much stronger protection. New policy wording proposed by the Government in the revised National Planning Policy Framework will state: “development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland should be refused, unless…

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200-year-old Whistler Cork Oak from Portugal crowned ‘European Tree of the Year 2018’


The winner of the European Tree of the Year contest 2018 was unveiled tonight in Brussels in front of 200 participants. The Whistler Cork Oak from Alentejo, Portugal has won with the support of 26,606 votes, followed by the Spanish Ancient Elms of Cabeza del Buey (22,323 votes) and the Russian Oak ‘Elder of the Belgorod Forests’ (21,884 votes). The Whistler Cork Oak is named after the sound of the countless birds that perch on its branches. Planted in 1783, the cork oak has been stripped more than 20 times. It is classified as “Tree of Public Interest” and registered…

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Terrain Aeration has provided soil decompaction services at Hyde Park


Terrain Aeration has provided services to relieve compaction of soil at Hyde Park. The company used its Airforce Terralift and SuperScamper machines. The latter works in conjunction with a towed compressor is therefore a lighter machine producing less weight on the turf surface. The primary areas to be treated were north of the Bandstand, an area of 10,200 m2 with sycamores and elms, and the ash tree circle north of Serpentine Road, an area of 892 m2 Before work started it was necessary to radar scan for underground services and mark out the areas to be treated. The Terralift hammers…

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