October 16, 2018

Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees


Scientists are warning that pollution could be starving Europe’s trees of vital nutrients by damaging essential fungi. The fungi live on the roots of trees, supplying them with minerals and water. Current pollution limits may not be strict enough to protect the forest fungi, say researchers. Signs of tree malnutrition, such as discoloured or missing leaves, have been seen across Europe’s forests. Loss of fungi may be a factor, according to the study, published in the journal, Nature. “If we care about the condition of our forests – what shape they’re in – we can’t just look above (the ground),” said…

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STIHL introduce new bluetooth ear protectors


STIHL has added to its range of high quality face and ear protective equipment with the introduction of its new bluetooth ear protectors with speakers. The new Dynamic BT ear protectors come with built in speakers to help make work more enjoyable, and are perfect for ground based work such as mowing the lawn, grass trimming or hedge-cutting. Compatible with most mobile phones and tablets, the new wireless ear protectors can be paired to the operator’s device using either a Bluetooth 4.0 or AUX connection. To get connected even quicker, the headset features an easy to use three button interface….

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Counter claims made by site owner as Monikie tree felling enforcement saga continues


Forestry Commission Scotland said work undertaken at the former curling pond site Monikie in January to remove trees and undergrowth by Ayrshire-based Avancan Property Management were “exceptional” and likely to have had “significant effects on the environment.” The firm was told to prepare a 10-year plan of maintenance measures to restore the land and replant trees in response to an enforcement notice by the watchdog following its investigation. Site owner James Canavan successfully applied to dissolve his company but was given until April 30 to appeal the enforcement notice. The appeal was lodged by Mr Canavan’s solicitor Davidson Chalmers from…

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Sheffield council leader backs case against tree protesters


Judge seeks assurances that legal action was brought at behest of elected councillors. Tree protesters in Sheffield are being taken to court on the orders of the council leader, a judge has heard. Labour’s Julie Dore, the leader since 2011, “positively agreed” with legal action against four Sheffield residents who were charged after demonstrating against plans to fell up to 17,000 trees, Sheffield high court heard. Paul Brooke, Simon Crump, Benoit Benz Cumpin and Fran Grace could be sent to prison if they are found to have breached an injunction during protests in December and January. Before the hearing began, the judge, Mr Justice…

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Pellenc introduce the 1200 battery and harness to the UK market


The new Pellenc ULiB 1200 battery and harness has entered the UK market with battery life increased by 20% compared to the to the ULiB1100 battery. Pellenc is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Etesia UK. The ULiB 1200 battery meets all of the professional requirements in terms of performance, comfort and technology, and offers increased autonomy of up to 20% – up to five hours of work with the most energy-consuming Pellenc tools in the range. The new harness associated with the ULiB 1200 battery reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders considerably by a better distribution of…

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Council monitoring £375k trees that are failing to thrive


Ceredigion County Council is monitoring trees along the main thoroughfare into Aberystwyth that are failing to thrive. The trees, a mix of hornbeam, common beech, whitebeam and London planes, were planted along Park Avenue and Boulevard St Brieuc as part of the Coed Aber Project. More than 300 were planted along the route to brighten up the main entrance into Aberystwyth town for visitors in 2015 as part of a £375,000 project. However, trees along certain sections have failed to leaf, with concerns they may be diseased or dying. A Penparcau resident, who spotted the trees that were non-thriving along…

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Bristol launches ambitious target of doubling tree numbers in the city


From the Maple lined streets of Clifton to the Sycamores of Snuff Mills, Bristol is a city synonymous with trees. Now Bristol City Council is teaming up with the Bristol Tree Forum, Forest of Avon Trust and the Woodland Trust, in an attempt at doubling the city’s canopy coverage by 2050. Bristol’s trees currently provide 15 per cent canopy coverage, but environmental experts say this needs to increase to 30 percent over the next three decades to help combat increasing pollution. The ‘Talking Trees’ campaign – which kicks off today (Monday, June 4) – aims to encourage people to plant trees in…

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Newcastle fells more trees than any other UK council


Newcastle has cleared 8,414 trees in last three years – twice as many as any other authority Newcastle has become the tree-felling capital of the UK after the council chopped down almost twice as many trees as any other local authority. More than 110,000 trees have been cut down by councils across the UK in the last three years, according to figures gathered under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act by the Sunday Times. Some 8,414 were in Newcastle, more than in any other rural or urban local authority. Wiltshire was next, having felled 4,778 in the same period, followed by Edinburgh…

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Murray Hire Centres choose FÖRST first


Bristol-based equipment and tool hire business Murray Hire Centres is continuing to expand its long-standing fleet of Först woodchipper machines, after consistently being impressed by the reliability of the machinery. Established since 1982, Murray Hire Centres is a close-knit family run business, now employing a total of 15 staff. With 600 account customers, the business has built itself a reputation as one of the best one-stop shops for equipment and tool hire in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Mandy Taylor, managing director of Murray Hire Centres, explains why the business has worked closely with Först since its inception and has…

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Remembrance tree backed by councillors


A plan to lease 600 leaves on a new remembrance tree in Lincoln Crematorium to mourners of loved ones was supported by city councillors. The move will allow friends and family to rent a leaf on a memorial tree at Lincoln Crematorium and leave a 24 character message for those they have lost. Loved ones will be able to lease a leaf on the tree for £150 for 10 years and include a message on the back for £30. City of Lincoln councillors supported the plan at a full council meeting held at the city’s Guildhall. The metal tree comes with detachable…

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