January 19, 2018

Mystery surrounds Norfolk trees as killer strikes in the dead of night

Norfolk

Private woodland in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, has been the target for a series of recent deadly poisonings. So far, eight trees have been targeted; one holly has died, with seven beeches, horse chestnuts, holm oaks and poplars have been diagnosed as “distressed”, losing most of their leaves. Each tree bears scars from their attacker – puncture holes made using a drill, where an unidentified poison is inserted. The drug doesn’t take effect until the assailant has fled the scene, leaving police baffled about the motive and about how to combat further attacks. The bore hole is aimed at the trunk, boughs,…

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Horse Chestnut wins title of UK’s favourite tree in landslide victory

Chestnut

Perhaps due to the nation’s love of conker, the Horse Chestnut won the title of the UK’s favourite tree in a landslide victory. Aesculus Hippocastanum, won more than 25 per cent of the vote in a poll run by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), beating 14 other trees, including the Ash, Birch and Elder. An organiser of the Annual World Conker Championship, in Northamptonshire, St John Burkett, believes the Horse Chestnut’s prized fruit has helped it to become the country’s best-loved tree. “The Horse Chestnut is a beautiful looking tree and people associate it with the countryside, although it…

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PSD Groundscare announce the Eliet Mega Prof to be landing soon

Shredder

PSD Groundscare in association with Eliet are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the New Eliet Mega Prof Shredder at Saltex 2017 on stand G180. It has been 20 years since Eliet made history with the introduction of the Super Prof with the world’s first mobile shredder and now the bar has been well and truly raised with the New Mega Prof. Featuring a 35hp turbocharged diesel engine and a capacity of up to 16cm, this machine is the New flagship of the Eliet range. Like all the other Eliet shredders, the New Mega Prof has the DNA of…

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British Hardwood Tree Nursery donates young oaks for Lincoln Cathedral roof restoration in 100 years

Hardwood

It takes over 100 years for an oak tree to grow to the maturity needed to create timber for Lincoln Cathedral roof. Thankfully, the Cathedral team, sponsored and supported by Nettleham Woodland Trust and British Hardwood Tree Nursery, have the foresight to plant now! Young oak saplings have been donated by Lincolnshire-based British Hardwood Tree Nursery.  The saplings will be planted at an official ceremony when the bare root planting season commences this Autumn. The planting celebrates the 800 years’ anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the Battle of Lincoln which took place in 1217. Lincoln Cathedral are…

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Makita UK supports DART International’s operation airlift in Caribbean

DART

Specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK, the response team of volunteer British arborists, has again deployed teams to the stricken Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma which hit the region early in September. This, one of the most powerful and catastrophic Atlantic Ocean hurricanes recorded, has claimed many lives, destroyed homes, schools and hospitals, and has accounted for mass evacuation in the face of life threatening wind impact. Just days later, Hurricane Maria followed the same path of destruction. Flying initially to Barbados, then directly on to mountainous Dominica, 90% destroyed, the DART team began a two-week mission…

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Hailsham’s marlow ropes to help support breast cancer

Cancer

To support Breast Cancer Awareness a percentage of the profits from the sale of Marlow’s pink Arb rope will go to the charity. The vibrant pink yarn was introduced in the Gecko FCR 2 climbing rope two years ago and is used throughout the arboriculture sector. Jon Mitchell, MD, Marlow Rope said: “Marlow contributes to a range of charities every year. Cancer Research UK is just one of the charities we support. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and our vivid pink yarn is the perfect fit for this chaitable initiative.” Earlier this year, Marlow also…

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Green trees for green growth

Environment

The inclusion of forestry and timber in the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy could be a ‘game changer’ for the sector, according to the Chief Executive of Confor. Stuart Goodall welcomed the fact the document links an 11 million tree planting target to green, clean growth in rural communities and using more UK timber in construction. The document commits to “establish a new network of forests in England including new woodland on farmland, and fund larger-scale woodland and forest creation, in support of our commitment to plant 11 million trees, and increase the amount of UK timber used in construction”. Mr Goodall…

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Sheffield campaigner climbs 150-year-old Vernon Oak in protest

Campaigner

An activist scaled a 150-year-old oak tree in Sheffield in a bid to prevent it from being felled as part of the city council’s controversial Streets Ahead programme. Residents gathered in the street where the Vernon Oak is sited today in the hope of stopping the council from tearing it down. TV presenter Vernon Kay is among campaigners who have appealed to Sheffield City Council to re-think pavement resurfacing plans on Vernon Road and save the much-loved oak. In a video appeal, he said: “Sheffield Council, come on. It’s only a pavement – I’m sure you’ve got a few quid…

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Charlecote Park’s historic tree-lined avenue to return in Leamington

Leamington

An historic tree-lined avenue is set to be restored at Charlecote Park. The National Trust, which cares for the 16th century country house and surrounding park, plans to carry out the project over the next five years. When completed it will re-create the approach to the house which visitors used to enjoy for 400 years but which has been missing for over half a century. In addition, important outbuildings telling stories of hardworking household staff from the turn of the century will be opened up for visitors to explore. The work has been made possible by the purchase of an…

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Masked protesters in Sheffield sat inside exclusion zones

Exclusion

Two masked tree protesters have been captured on camera flouting a High Court order in Sheffield. The long-running Sheffield felling saga took another twist this week after two people with covered faces entered ‘exclusion zones’ around trees set for the chop. The ‘exclusion zones’ are protected by a High Court injunction and is aimed to stop protesters obstructing council workers. Council bosses called the move ‘disappointing and unacceptable’ and are set to press forward with ‘further court action and potential imprisonment’. The picture is understood to have been taken from Meersbrook Park Road. Green councillor Alison Teal and Calvin Payne…

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