January 19, 2018

McIntyre speaks up for Glyphosate in Brussels petition debate

British MEP Anthea McIntyre mounted a robust defence of the threatened weedkiller glyphosate when a petition against it was debated in the European Parliament. Miss Mcintyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands and a member of the parliament’s Agriculture Committee, said calls for a ban on the herbicide were based on false science and threatened the environment and bio-diversity. She spoke on Monday when a European Citizens’ Initiative petition (ECI) calling for an EU-wide ban was discussed with the petitioners and the European Commission. The petition – “Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides” – calls…

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The largest productive tree planting scheme in England for more than 25 years has been approved


More than 213,000 trees will be planted this winter over 170 hectares at the Lowther Estate, south of Penrith, Cumbria. Just over 120 hectares of the site will be planted with productive softwood species, while the remainder will be predominantly productive broadleaves. Confor’s England Manager Caroline Harrison said the granting of Countryside Stewardship approval was “brilliant news” for the sector – especially with other large productive planting schemes in the pipeline awaiting approval. The driving forces behind both Lowther and similar applications have highlighted the Woodland Creation Planning Grant as the key which unlocked the planting opportunity. The Lowther planting…

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Yorkshire nursery plays key role in boosting UK tree population

A horticultural nursery has grown and supplied more than 2.5 million trees during the last 12 months, placing it as one of the UK’s biggest net contributors to the nation’s tree population. Johnsons of Whixley, a family-run plant nursery based in North Yorkshire, has published the figure, which includes smaller hedging plant trees, to coincide with the start of National Tree Week on 25 November. Organised by the UK Tree Council, National Tree Week marks the start of the winter tree planting season and aims to encourage communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Just 13% of the…

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Green-tech launches seasonal Tree Planting Packages

Green-tech, the UKs largest stockist and distributor of tree planting products has launched its Winter Tree Planting Packages. The brochure is packed with everything needed for tree planting; from tree shelters and spirals to planting accessories and essential soil conditioners; all keenly priced to meet customer demand. Green-tech has announced that the tree planting season has kicked off slightly earlier than normal with an unprecedented 1 million spirals going out in just one day. October closed for Green-tech with a record £1million of sales completed, another record for the company. The company has substantial stock holding facilities and currently has…

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Report shows that trees in urban areas are growing faster than those in rural areas


The heat island effect is likely having a noticeable effect on the growth rate of trees in metropolitan areas across the world. New research from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has shown that on average, trees in urban areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide over the last 50 to 60 years. The research team studied about 1,400 hardwood samples of trees from several cities spread out across different climate zones of the world. Key excerpt below from the TUM article. “We can show that urban trees of the same age are larger on average than…

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Campaigners in Sheffield comes together to mark Armistice Day


Campaigners against the controversial felling of trees on a Sheffield street which are listed as a war memorial have come together on Armistice Day. More than 100 people gathered in Western Road, Crookes, for what they called a day of art and remembrance. Artists are drawing or painting each tree on the road as part of the campaign. The trees were planted on 4 April 1919 to mark the part former pupils of a local school played in World War One. They are recognised by the War Memorials Trust and Imperial War Museum as a Living War Memorial, but 23…

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Permeable Pathway for Bermondsey Roof Garden


It wasn’t long ago that the only thing expected from a roof was for it to protect a building from the elements. But times have changed and so has the role of the roof as we knew it. Increasingly this previously under-utilised space is being specified as a ‘Green’ or ‘Brown’ roof to encourage bio-diversity and wild life or as fully landscaped communal courtyards in areas where outside space is scarce. SureSet Permeable Paving sent a photographer to capture how well a roof garden they worked on nearly three years ago had settled in… And the roof garden project, for…

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Over 8,000 trees are to be planted in Sheffield between now and March 2018


Sheffield council has committed to planting over 8,000 trees within the next five months, the first of which has been planted in Burngreave with Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy, attending the ceremony. The first tree was planted by scouts from the 76th Sheffield St Peter’s Ellesmere Scout Troop. The tree, known as a heavy standard, sits opposite St Peter’s Church. Various smaller trees were also planted near to the scout’s headquarters on Grimesthorpe Road. Larger trees will be planted following requests from the public to: “to replace those removed from parks and green spaces due to health and safety issues”….

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Cumbria-based Luscombe Plant Hire add woodchipper to keep up with demand


Luscombe Plant Hire, based in Ulverston, Cumbria, stock a wide range of site machinery and tools available for daily, weekly, or long-term hire. After noticing that their GreenMech Arborist 130 woodchipper was hardly ever in the yard, owner Simon Luscombe decided to add a second one to his hire fleet to meet the consistent demand. Simon and wife Beverly, along with their son Dan, started Luscombe Plant Hire in 2001 and this year they were proudly awarded the “Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company” at the EHN Passionate Hirer Awards. “We have a full range of tools and machinery from a…

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Confor shortlisted for prestigious award


Confor has been shortlisted as a finalist in a prestigious UK-wide awards programme which recognises excellence in political engagement. The Public Affairs Awards 2017 includes a category for Trade Body Campaign of the Year, with Confor one of five finalists alongside high-profile bodies like the Federation of Master Builders and Royal College of Nursing. Finalists in other categories include the National Farmers Union, National Union of Students, Greenpeace UK and the National Housing Federation. Confor’s entry focuses on its success in persuading the Conservative Party to commit to tree planting targets ahead of the 2017 election, after real concerns that…

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