October 17, 2018

New data on ash-dieback disease

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Scientists in Norwich have released new data to help understand the spread of ash dieback disease. It’s based on a so-called, fungus genomes or DNA samples from across the UK, Europe and Japan. It’s hoped studying their genetic differences will help combat the rapid spread of the disease which threatens one of our most common tree species.

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Getting Trees Right in the Urban Environment


CIRIA will host an event to demonstrate the benefits and costs of trees in UK urban environments. This event will: demonstrate the benefits and costs of trees in UK urban environments. discuss issues relating to planting and managing trees in the urban environment. highlight problems that can occur with urban trees and ways in which these could be resolved. provide networking opportunities. Who should attend? Clients House builders Consultants Contractors Local Authorities Tree specialists Landscape architects and contractors Tickets Tickets are priced at £75 + VAT for non members, but is free of charge for CIRIA Network, Core, and Associate…

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South East: Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) for Arborists

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Places still available for our popular Visual Tree Assessment workshop presented by Jack Kenyon on Saturday 26th July 2014 at 0900hrs – 1600hrs at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE. Following your prompt arrival at 08:30 am, you will make your way to the Lecture Hall H23 for registration. The morning lecture by Jack Kenyon will concentrate on: The tree as a system and self optimised structure The principles of VTA Decay fungi Mechanical symptoms Inspection equipment Making recommendations The afternoon session involves a VTA tree walk through the woods at Merrist Wood with Jack Kenyon, followed by a summing…

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South Downs National Park ready to fight as killer tree disease strikes

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A killer disease which has already struck three-quarters of Denmark’s ash trees has now reached the South Downs National Park. In a report to an authority meeting, chief executive Trevor Beattie told members three cases of ash dieback (Chalara Fraxinea) had been confirmed inside the park. In addition, four cases had been reported just outside the boundaries near Chichester, Horsham and Eastbourne which, he said, risked spreading the disease into the national park. Ash dieback is a serious fungal disease which causes leaf loss and crown dieback, and is usually fatal. Forestry Commission experts say it has potential to cause…

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Council fined after tree falls on railway line


Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council has been fined £40,000 after an unqualified worker was injured while felling a tree that landed on a railway line, costing Northern Rail more than £100,000. Peter Wood, 52, of Durham, was carrying out work for Mark Anthony Connelly, 42, from Washington, who was contracted by the council to remove two Poplar trees at Boat House Crossing near Ryton, next to the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line. While working, one of the trees fell onto the line, uprooting another tree in the process. Wood and Connelly attempted to cut the tree away from the track and…

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Bradford care home tree felling plan set to be blocked


Tree felling planners look set to block a care home’s plan to chop down four protected trees running along a street. Britannia Care Home, in Thorn Street, Bradford, wants to fell four 70-year-old lime trees as part of an extension project. But planners are less than impressed with the idea of losing the healthy trees, saying the lack of greenery in the Girlington area means these specimens are particularly valuable. The trees line a grassed embankment running along the care home’s Girlington Road side and are currently protected by the Council’s tree preservation orders. No-one from Britannia Care Home was available to…

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Tree group celebrates 10th anniversary

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AN award-winning tree group will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year after planting almost 1,000 new trees. Trees for Cotherstone was set up in 2004 after two of its founding members noted that the area was full of mature trees that were gradually falling down and leaving gaps in hedgerows. The community group, which received joint first prize in the AONB Partnership Conservation Awards in 2005 and in 2009 received a County Durham Community Partnership environmental prize, works to maintain the landscape and promote an interest in environmental issues. The agriculture in Cotherstone is primarily the raising of livestock and…

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300-year-old tree sprayed by vandals in Bodmin


The mayor of Bodmin has condemned the vandals who damaged a tree and spray-painted others with graffiti – on some that could be more than 300 years old. Andy Coppin, Bodmin town mayor, said he was “extremely disappointed” at the news that several individuals damaged a 300-year-old oak tree, while two more trees that were planted by schoolchildren 20 years ago were cut down at the Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve. “I’m extremely disappointed that certain members of the community are abusing this beautiful area. It’s just a few people, a minority and hopefully nothing to worry about long term,”…

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Elm trees under threat from a deadly disease

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Elm trees in Brighton has succumbed to a deadly disease. The tree in Queens Park has contracted the deadly Dutch Elm virus and will be felled once nesting birds have left its branches. The virus caused five elms in the Brighton and Hove area to be felled last year. A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “This doesn’t indicate the city’s main elm collection is in any danger. He said the council expects to lose 30 elms to the disease each year and “where possible these are replaced. Each year we plant around 300 trees and roughly half…

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Fingle Woods reaches £3.8m milestone as charities celebrate purchase

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The Woodland Trust and National Trust have reached the £3.8m fundraising target which means the entire 825 acre Fingle Woods in Devon is now fully in their care. The two charities are officially marking the full acquisition of the site with a public open day on Friday 4 July. The final piece of the funding puzzle was provided by a grant of £845,000 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, via the Landfill Communities Fund, which enabled the charities to purchase the outstanding piece of land within Fingle Woods which had yet to be secured. To mark the milestone both the Woodland…

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