October 16, 2018

HS2 ‘green corridor’ plans slammed by campaigners


Ministers have put the cash forward as part of a woodland fund they say will enhance wildlife and see millions of new trees planted along the controversial line between Birmingham and Crewe, which is set to carve through around 45 miles of Staffordshire countryside to make way for HS2’s green corridor. The Woodland Trust insists the scheme will not make up for the amount of ancient woodland set to be destroyed by HS2. Ecologist Luci Ryan said: “This is utter greenwash nonsense from an organisation trying to pretend that HS2 isn’t the most environmentally destructive infrastructure project this country has…

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Fires to clear land lead to near-record loss of tree cover in 2017


Intentionally starting forest fires to make way for farms from the Amazon to the Congo basin caused a loss of global tree cover amounting to an area almost the size of Italy in 2017, an independent forest monitoring network said. Tree cover loss, mostly in the tropics, totaled 294,000 square kilometers (113,000 square miles) last year, just short of a record 297,000 sq kms in 2016, according to Global Forest Watch, run by the U.S.-based World Resources Institute (WRI). “Tropical forests were lost at a rate equivalent to 40 football fields per minute” in 2017, Frances Seymour, of the WRI,…

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There is no oak left: Are Britain’s trees disappearing?


England’s oak trees are disappearing fast. The last of the trees planted by the Victorians are now being harvested, and in the intervening century so few have been grown – and fewer still grown in the right conditions for making timber – that imports, mostly from the US and Europe, are the only answer. “We are now using the oaks our ancestors planted, and there has been no oak coming up to replace it,” says Mike Tustin, chartered forester at John Clegg and Co, the woodland arm of estate agents Strutt and Parker. “There is no oak left in England….

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Urban trees can absorb as much carbon as a rainforest, scientists discover


A ground-breaking laser technique shows city green areas like Hampstead Heath are absorbing about the same amount of carbon as rainforests. Researchers at University College London have conducted a study on 85,000 trees in north London to show the importance of planting and protecting urban forests to offset fossil fuel emissions. The team used millions of laser pulses to estimate how much carbon the trees absorb throughout their lives – which is important for helping to offset fossil fuel emissions. The new study, published in Carbon Balance and Management, analysed trees in UCL’s local borough of Camden. The team found…

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HS2 cost rises by £2m to buy trees


The government is putting another couple of million into the cash pile that’s to pay for HS2, with a plan to build what it calls a “Green Corridor” along parts of the line seeing the planting of millions of trees set to cost £2m. A selection of our finest, British, non-immigrant, native trees with union flag leaves and bloated white trunks are to be planted along a section of line between Birmingham and Crewe, with the £2m apparently enough to pay for the digging in of seven million trees and shrubs. It’s part of an £8m funding package designed to keep people with…

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Thousands of infected larch trees to be felled


A road is to be built into a forest in Carmarthenshire and thousands of trees cut down. The larch trees, like many others in Wales, have fallen prey to a disease called Phytophthora ramorum which can cause fatal lesions on a tree’s trunk. Spores are also released which infect neighbouring trees. Wales’s environment body Natural Resources Wales (NRW) plans to fell around 5,500 infected larch trees at Goldmines Forest Black, Pumsaint, north-west of Llandovery. And it now has planning permission, subject to conditions, from Carmarthenshire Council to build a road into the infected area. An NRW spokesman said native broadleaf…

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Seven million trees to line HS2


HS2 has set out plans to plant seven million new trees and shrubs along the 216km phase one route between London and Birmingham. Bat houses and newt ponds will also line the route. The ‘green corridor’ plan, with new wildlife habitats, native woodlands and community spaces, is designed to lessen the ecological impact of the new high speed railway. Nearly a quarter of a million trees have already been planted. Phase one will see the creation of about 10 square kilometres of new wildlife habitat – an increase of around 30% compared to what’s there now. The government has also…

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New UK pest destroying the nation’s elm trees


As part of local plant recording activity carried out by experienced amateurs in Surrey, plant samples were sent to the RBGE – one of a UK-wide network of environment-related organisations working together to tackle plant health issues – for identification. When an elm specialist examined the samples, the distinctive feeding damage was spotted. This is the first evidence of the pest in Britain. The invasive alien zigzag elm sawfly, Aproceros leucopoda, is native to East Asia. It was identified as a new pest of elms in Poland and Hungary in 2003 and has since spread to many other European countries….

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Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity


The Arboricultural Association has announced the full line up of 34 speaker sessions for the 52nd National Amenity Conference titled – Soils & Trees – Standing your Ground. The schedule includes 10 prominent international speakers, who will take delegates on narrative journey through soil science and trees, and help us get serious about soils. Soils and their importance have come into focus in recent years and understanding their science is increasingly recognised as critical to improving the establishment and growth of trees, whatever their setting. For professionals involved in the care and cultivation of amenity trees, Arboriculture begins and ends…

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Ecoplug Max prevents re-growth in Yorkshire


Martin Lingard, Contracts Manager for Lowther Forestry, has reported that ICL’s Ecoplug Max is helping him manage an extensive tree and shrub clearance project throughout Yorkshire with the use of the Ecoplug Max. Lowther Forestry – a nationwide forestry, landscaping and fencing contractor was established in 1979 and now has four regional offices. Over the years the company has significantly grown and prides itself on providing exceptional quality, value and sustainability to businesses and organisations throughout the United Kingdom. Martin Lingard has been with the company for 19 years and after looking for an alternative to liquid glyphosate for stump…

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