December 12, 2018

Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees to combat climate change


The new government in Pakistan will plant 10 billion trees over five years to combat climate change, it has said. It is an expansion of the existing “billion tree tsunami” project by new prime minister Imran Khan to restore 350,000 hectares of forest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to Climate Home News. As well as releasing oxygen, the trees are expected to help prevent flooding from glaciers in the north of the country. Malik Amin Aslam, of the cricket star’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, told Climate Home News: “Pakistan is facing the brunt of climate change, so I think climate preparation, making sure our development…

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Genetically engineered trees curtail spread beyond plantations

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Trees can be genetically engineered to prevent new seedlings from establishing beyond the boundaries of plantations, suggests a study. The findings are important because of societal concerns over gene flow — the spread of genetically engineered or exotic and invasive trees or their reproductive cells beyond the boundaries of plantations. “People have this fear that GMO (genetically modified) trees will take over the world, but these are containment genes that make taking over the world essentially impossible,” said Steve Strauss, professor at the Oregon State University (OUS). For the study published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, the team…

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Flat developer plans to prune protected trees


Residents in a Derby cul-de-sac are objecting to plans by a developer who wants to carry out work on trees covered by a preservation order claiming that the apartment block should never have been given the go-ahead initially – almost 13 years ago. People in Lonsdale Place say they are fed-up with the length of time the development has taken to get off the ground, they are concerned for the trees and also are complaining that the road has frequently been covered in mud in the past. But Ram Narroya, managing director of Brookwell Developments Ltd, based in Friar Gate,…

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Tree surgeons hit with £20k fine after felling ancient trees


Two tree surgeons were caught red-handed cutting protected trees in historic woodland. Mark Knight was hit with a fine of £20,000 after his employees were found cutting down the 11 protected trees. Knight’s company, Landmark Tree Surgeons, was paid by landowner Geoffrey Try to fell the trees, but ended up being fined by the council and taken to court. All three admitted to cutting down protected trees contrary to Tree Preservation Regulations and were ordered to repay all the council’s legal fees alongside her own fines. Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “This is an excellent example…

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Trees are saving the life of Glasgow


A new body of research shows just how valuable greenery in Glasgow is to the wellbeing of its citizens, as well as the general aesthetic appeal of a city historically known as ‘Dear Green Place’, and for good reason. With over 90 parks and public gardens ranging from the iconic Kelvingrove Park to a range of lesser known gems, its an urban reality vastly different from the stereotypical imagery of a permanently grey, unending concrete jungle. But it’s how the city’s plants and trees contribute to boosting public health that could prove of more lasting importance. The new work has…

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UK trees saved 1,900 lives and £1bn in medical costs in a year


The removal of pollution by trees, plants and grass saved 27,000 life years and the NHS around £1bn  in medical costs in a year, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics said that large amounts of air pollutants were removed by vegetation or “green lungs” during 2015 and meant there were 7,100 fewer lung and heart-related hospital admissions. Toxins as well as saving 27,000 life years, the removal of pollution by our trees and vegetation meant that there were 1,900 fewer premature deaths in 2015. The toxins removed include the most harmful PM2.5  – a fine particulate matter…

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Six-year-old ‘lost’ plans reveal 17,500 trees to be removed in Sheffield


Detailed proposals to replace exactly 17,500 of Sheffield’s 36,000 street trees were drawn up six years ago, a newly-published document the city’s council had previously said was lost has revealed. Sheffield Council said it had “stumbled upon” a series of strategy documents for the controversial policy of felling street trees after previously telling the Information Commissioner’s Office the information was “not held” in any form. Newly-discovered versions of a five-year tree management strategy have now been published online and the first version from 2012 – the year in which the contract with Amey under which the work is being carried out started…

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The Arboricultural Association gives its verdict on the NPPF


The Arboricultural Association is pleased to welcome the Governments’ newly revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which gives ancient and veteran trees greater protection. Under the guidelines published this week they will only be removed for ‘exceptional reasons’. Congratulations to our friends at the Ancient Tree Forum and The Woodland Trust after their dedicated campaigning for these improvements. A step forward but… The Associations’ response to the consultation reiterated the need for greater protection of ancient and veteran trees, but also sought to include urban trees in the framework. So while the news is a step forward, we’re disappointed that…

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Greenworx branches out with Mercedes-Benz Unimog


Tree surgery and ground clearance contractor Greenworx is going for growth, after acquiring its first Mercedes-Benz Unimog. The versatile off-road truck is more than paying its way by performing the work of several other vehicles – it can power a range of attached implements and combines the rough terrain capability of a tractor with a 56 mph on road cruising speed. Supplied by specialist Unimog Dealer Lloyd Ltd, the U430 model has a factory-fitted tipping body with aluminium dropsides. Its six-cylinder engine produces 220 kW (299 hp), and drives through an automatic gearbox which allows the driver to concentrate fully…

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£320,000 taxpayer bill for house damage caused by trees


Figures reveal the cash settlements made by each council to homes in the Black Country and Staffordshire, costing the UK taxpayer £320,000. They include an £18,200 pay-out in Walsall for damage caused to a patio by roots, £18,776 in Sandwell for a tree which fell on a garage and home and £14,450 in Dudley for property subsistence caused roots. While Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley settled six-figure sums overall and Staffordshire five-figure sums, Wolverhampton council did not pay out for one claim relating to home damage caused by trees. Although, Wolverhampton did pay out £2,325 in two pay-outs over boundary walls….

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