November 13, 2018


TREE AID striving to improve life in poverty stricken communities


In Ethiopia, 11.9% or approximately 13 million hectares of land is forested. Between 1990 and 2005, the country lost 14.0% of its forest cover. This, coupled with frequent droughts, has seen the agricultural sector in Ethiopia suffer over recent years; having devastating effects on the communities living there who rely on the land for survival. TREE AID works with communities across Ethiopia and the African drylands (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ghana) to help lift them out of poverty – through the power of trees. Tackling poverty and protecting the environment are inseparable. One area where TREE AID has been working…

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10 things you never knew about oak trees


In celebration of Oak Apple Day on 29 May, below is a round up of the top 10 things you probably didn’t know about the great tree. 1. The oak had been the badge of Charles II after he had hidden inside one at Boscobel after defeat by the Roundheads at Worcester in 1651. 2. Although he had been proclaimed King on May 9, Charles II’s rule officially began on May 29, 1660, which was also his 30th birthday. 3. In 1660, parliament passed “An Act for a Perpetual Anniversary Thanksgiving on the Nine and Twentieth Day of May”. 4….

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Urban Forest and Pest Management: A Canadian Perspective


A seminar with Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel, 30 April 2018 Report by Colin Hambidge The series of seminars hosted by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery assumed an international flavour in late April when Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, presented to an audience of tree officers, arborists, landscape architects, designers, private contractors and tree managers. Philip founded his company Urban Forest Innovations Inc in 1994, having started his professional life as an arborist, while Alex began in traditional forestry. Philip and Alex share almost three decades of experience in developing urban forest…

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GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille


GreenBlue Urban have announced that they are bringing a brand-new tree grille to market. Named SettStone, the precast grille measures 1200mm square manufactured from permeable materials therefore is SuDS compatible by remining highly porous. The high strength grille can be used in trafficked areas is simple to assemble and will complement projects with its urban grey design. For more information:

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An interview with Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham


Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham, tells us about what his job involves, the evolving roles of tree officers, and the effects of funding cuts on local authority arboriculture How did you get into arboriculture? Before I worked in arboriculture, I had jobs in a number of industries, but primarily in printing. After working in a fume-filled building with one window, I decided I needed to work outside, and hopefully in changeable locations. A job came up in a local paper as a groundsman for a small-time tree surgeon, and it all started from there. Why…

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Leicestershire County Council and Woodland Trust offer free trees or bushes for hedgerows


In a bid to encourage individuals and groups to create a greener borough, Leicestershire County Council has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to provide hedge packs for free trees or bushes for hedgerows. Farmers, landowners and community groups can apply for hedge packs, which include a minimum of 100m of new hedgerow, 475 shrubs and 25 trees ideally for planting every 20m, or a woods pack, consisting of trees and shrubs to plant a woodland, no less than 0.5 ha (1.25 acres) in size. The scheme is targeted towards applicants in rural areas, to provide improved habitats for wildlife by planting…

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12 Days of Christmas – December 2017


The Pro Arb team went out to the RFS Future Forester’s New Technology Day and The National Tree Officers Conference in November, two interesting perspectives on the industry from two different sectors. (Pages 9 and 12) In ‘A Lost Legacy’ we view the history of Manchester’s Botanic Gardens. The feature was provided by Trianna Angele from environmental charity City of Trees. (Page 18) ‘Coming Home to Roost’ provided fantastic insight from Naomi Webster on the lifecycle of bats, and how arborists can ensure they take the best precautions to avoid endangering them or their habitats. (Page 21) Rob McBride provided…

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12 Days of Christmas – November 2017


Pro Arb spoke to Mike Metcalfe from DART International about the fantastic work the team had been doing out in the Caribbean after Hurricane Maria swept through. (Page 15) Keith Sacre from Barcham Trees spoke to us about taking action for the best biosecurity, with advice on how to avoid new problems arising in the UK and how to tackle them now they’re here. (Page 18) The Pro Arb team took a trip to Thamesmead in November, speaking to Dr Phil Askew and Tom Broad to find out about the London borough’s 30,000 and three nature preserves. (Page 20) Tree…

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12 Days of Christmas – October 2017


Colin Hambidge attended a day of seminars on the work done by Manchester’s City of Trees movement, hosted by Barcham Trees at their Cambridgeshire nursery. (Page 11) We spoke to Simon Parsons, director of My Tree Company, all about setting up his business and what he feels is a gender imbalance within the industry. “The customer tends to like seeing a mix of males and females in the company” Simon tells us. (Page 15) Within his ‘opinion’ page, Rob McBride asks why the public’s love of the outdoors has faded, and speaks all about his recent experiences outdoors. In this…

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12 Days of Christmas – September 2017


The month kicked off with a tree planting workshop with Hillier Trees in Hampshire, and a slightly more far-flung trip to the Husqvarna 572XP chainsaw launch at Forstmesse 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland. (Pages 11 and 12) Chainsaw sculpturist Ben Hayford spoke to us about his arboriculture career, sculptures and TV appearances. (Page 15) In ‘Raising Hope’ we look at the unique tree-led project at Maggie’s centre on-site at the Royal Oldham Hospital. This simple, yet sophisticated timber building houses a micro-nirvana for those living with cancel, and their family and friends. (Page 21) Rob McBride was out in Sheffield to…

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