September 18, 2018

A First World War Wood for Northern Ireland


Plans for a Centenary Wood for Northern Ireland have been unveiled by the Woodland Trust, with a helping hand from HRH The Princess Royal during a two-day visit to the Province. With The Princess Royal as Patron, the Trust’s Centenary Woods project will see four flagship woods created throughout the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Land in the heart of the beautiful Faughan Valley in County Londonderry will be Northern Ireland’s jewel in the crown. The 53-acre site – currently grassland with one pocket of precious ancient woodland – stretches alongside the River Faughan,…

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Spraying starts in Sulham Woods for oak processionary moth caterpillar

Oak Processionary Moth

Spraying of the oak processionary moth caterpillars will take place today (14th May) in Sulham Woods between Tilehurst and Tidmarsh. Two small areas of the woodland and the direct access through the woods between them are scheduled to be closed briefly tomorrow as a safety precaution while they are treated from the air for oak processionary moth. The areas to be closed will be indicated by notices and Forestry Commission staff on site. The remainder of the woodland – south of Pangbourne – will remain open for the public, accessible from footpaths across adjacent fields. A small hard-standing area in…

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The Applications of Air-Spade


Have you been introduced to the Air-Spade? If not, where have you been! Many people closely associate the tool with arboriculture, and rightly so – the Air-Spade 2000 is recognised as an industry standard for most horticulturists, landscapers and tree surgeons – but that barely scratches the surface of the capabilities of the Air-Spade. As versatile as it is niche, as precise as it is powerful, the Air-Spade is a tool of many talents. Let us explore… Arboriculture and horticulture This is perhaps the Air-Spade 2000’s most recognised habitat. Effective for use amongst trees and shrubs, its applications are numerous. Because…

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Beach ‘eyesore’ Christmas trees to be removed

Christmas trees

Some dead Christmas trees planted on a beach in Cornwall in a bid to prevent erosion are to be removed after criticism of the scheme. About 100 trees were set in sand at Porthtowan in the hope that dunes would form around them. A community group said the move failed to create any dunes and the sight of the trees was damaging tourism. Cornwall Council said it would reduce the number of trees and partially bury those being kept. The trees were planted in January, with Cornwall Council claiming they would act as wind traps allowing marram grass to grow and hold…

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Ash dieback ‘could affect 75% of trees in worst-hit areas’


The spread of a deadly fungus killing ash trees in the UK could affect up to three-quarters of the species in the worst-hit areas within just four years, according to government scientists. Conservationists said such a rapid spread would be “devastating” to landscapes and have a “very real economic cost”. Chalara fraxinea, a fungus that was found in England in 2012 after being blown over the English channel or imported via nurseries, causes the crown of ash trees to blacken and wither, and can kill younger trees. Ministers have admitted the spread of the disease cannot be stopped, and are resigned to mitigating…

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Charity boosts rehabilitation for addicts through planting trees scheme


RECOVERING addicts planted a mass of new trees as part of a scheme to boost their rehabilitation and give back to the community. Addiction support charity Open Road was given a massive donation of 1,200 sappling trees by Waitrose and the Woodland Trust. Charity users set to work planting the trees at Gravel Wood in Beamont-cum-Moze, near Clacton, last week. Open Road helps people in their struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. One of the charity’s schemes is to maintain council-owned green spaces around Clacton to give users a positive activity to be a part of. Charity project manager Rob…

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Trees felled to boost Naze access


A SECTION of trees have been felled at Walton’s Naze to improve footpath access. Tendring Council had been coppicing the trees – a method involving cutting a tree down to ground level and letting new sprouts grow from the stump. But some have been cut down permanently to allow Naze visitors to reach areas which were becoming cut off by the dense woodland. A council spokesman said: “Officers met with a local ward councillor and explained that the coppicing work to the trees formed part of the tree work identified within a ten year management plan drawn up in 2009. “It…

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New staff join Arboricultural Association head office team

Arb Show

The Arboricultural Association has been working with the Trustees and staff at head office to enlarge the team of dedicated and hardworking gentlefolk operating at The Malthouse, with recruitment for both technical and administrative staff. In addition to the recent addition of our Marketing and Communications Manager Chris Martin and Jason Ward, our Webmaster, who both work part time for the Association, we have now taken on two new full-time staff. Simon Cox, Technical Officer We are delighted to welcome Simon Cox to the Association as our new Technical Officer. Simon will work full time, based at The Malthouse, joining…

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Protected tree is felled to save Preston home

protected tree

A protected tree has been felled to prevent major damage to a city house. Planning bosses took the rare decision to remove a tree preservation order (TPO), after a giant beech began to cause cracks at a Fulwood home. Now experts have cut down the tree outside the Victoria Road property, and owners said they were “delighted” with the decision. Councillors voted not to confirm the order on the tree, after a report said it was causing damage to the house and the property was uninhabitable. Addressing the public planning committee meeting, local councillor Bobby Cartwright urged members to remove…

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Bradford Council to fell trees in Cliffe Castle Park restoration

Cliffe Castle Park

Bradford Council has defended its decision to chop down about 30 trees in Cliffe Castle Park,Keighley. It says the felling is essential as part of the £4.5 million lottery-funded redevelopment of the park. It has pledged to replace the trees with new planting next winter, which will leave the popular park with more trees than before. Steve Hartley, the Council’s interim strategic director for environment and sport, spoke after concerns were raised by park visitors. The council intends to cut down trees and bushes that have grown on the site of the old pond towards the bottom of the park….

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