August 17, 2017

City council awaits High Court ruling over tree felling protest

High Court

Sheffield City Council bosses were today waiting for a High Court judge’s ruling on a bid to stop protesters delaying a street tree-felling programme. They want orders stopping people taking “unlawful direct action” preventing the “lawful” felling of roadside trees. Mr Justice Males, who analysed evidence at a trial in Leeds a few weeks ago, is scheduled to deliver a ruling in London today. The tree-felling programme has been criticised by former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, when he was a Sheffield Lib Dem MP, and Conservative Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Council bosses say the programme is essential if Sheffield’s…

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Gristwood and Toms lands acquisition of Foremost Treesurgeons, bolstering turnover by £3M


Gristwood and Toms is delighted to announce the acquisition of Hampshire based arboricultural specialist and fencing contractor, Foremost Treesurgeons. The deal will add £3 million in annual sales across amenity and utility arboriculture and vegetation management, in addition to land clearance and fencing services. The move will cement Gristwood and Toms’ position as a major service partner for public sector, social housing and commercial customers. Enhancing operational capability and capacity across the south of England, the acquisition strengthens Gristwood and Toms’ position as the largest, privately owned, specialist arboricultural contractor in the UK. Foremost employs around 30 staff and Michael…

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New director appointments at Scottish Woodlands LTD


Scottish Woodlands Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors. Ian Robinson and Craig Nimmo have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the forestry management company which serves clients from a network of 17 offices located throughout Scotland as well as in North England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mr Robinson, who has worked for the company for 30 years, becomes Operational Director. He has extensive forestry management experience across a wide geographic area, having worked for the company in South Scotland, North England and Wales. Mr Robinson was also responsible for Scottish Woodlands’ Forest Stewardship…

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Health and safety practices for aerial workers


By Paul George A tree surgeon’s work inevitably involves working at height and, inevitably, this type of work presents some serious and unavoidable hazards. Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that around 16% of accidents related to tree work involve a fall from height, whilst 6% of injuries are due to impact with branches or tree trunks during uncontrolled swings. The truth is that some of these accidents would have been avoidable if the proper health and safety practices were adhered to. In this article, we are going to look at some of the health and safety…

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Longest serving Trees for Life volunteer handed ‘Points of Light’ award

Points of light

Fay Blackburn, the longest serving volunteer at Trees for Life, has been given a ‘Points of Light’ award – which recognises outstanding individual volunteers. The award is given to those who are making a change in their community. In a personal letter to Fay, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your dedication to ‘Trees for Life’ means that you have had a huge impact on the forests of Scotland, helping to conserve and regrow areas of the Caledonian Forest in particular. Your work is helping to rebuild tree populations and preserve these beautiful landscapes for future generations.” Trees for Life aims…

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Roydon man left with £3,000 legal bill after cutting down four trees


A man has been fined thousands in court after cutting down protected trees in Roydon. Paul Hayden, of Old House Lane in Roydon, was left with a legal bill of £3,199 after illegally cutting down trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on July 6, Mr Hayden pleaded guilty to cutting down two oak trees, two hawthorn trees and wilfully damaging another hawthorn, all of which were in a conservation area and covered by Woodland TPOs. Mr Hayden told magistrates he had occupied the property for 26 years before buying in it 2016, but had omitted to instruct his solicitor…

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City of Trees made finalist in the North West Charity Awards


City of Trees has reached the final stage in the North West Charity Awards process, as a North West Charity of The Year finalist. The awards have been created to shout about all the great things charities have been doing and provides an opportunity for North West charities to be celebrated and recognised for their outstanding contributions to their communities. With 14 categories, the awards welcome entries from across Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria. The awards are aimed at recognising and showing appreciation to charities, social leaders and individuals across the sector who have made a positive impact; giving…

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Unscientific advice putting UK at risk from Japanese Knotweed


Cowboy businesses pushing ‘quick-fix’ treatments for infestations of the highly destructive Japanese knotweed plant are exposing homeowners and businesses to legal and financial risks. August in the United Kingdom is peak growth season for knotweed, as data from Bristol University’s PlantTracker app shows the weed now covers most of the country. There is a risk, however, that by the end of the year the most effective treatment will no longer be available to experts. The European Union are currently debating whether to renew a licence allowing the use of glyphosate in the EU, which could have a major impact on the effort…

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ICF Student Awards showcases rising stars in the sector


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has delivered a number of distinguished student awards over the summer months, building valuable connections between the industry and the UK’s rising forestry and arboricultural talent. The 2017 ICF Student Awards were presented at graduations across the UK during June and July, by ICF representatives, recognising academic achievement in ICF-accredited higher education courses. Winners of the influential award received a one-year ICF Associate membership subscription – a valuable platform for starting your career, offering the opportunity to develop professionally and expand your network of forestry and arboricultural peers. Associate membership is the first step…

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FÖRST to showcase full range at Confor Woodland Show

Först, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high performance and robust woodchippers, is set to showcase its complete range of wheeled, tracked and PTO machines, including the new ST6 P petrol model, at this year’s Confor Woodland show at Longleat Estate. The ST6 P, Först’s first sub 750kg woodchipper, was launched to the UK market earlier this year and is an extension of Först’s popular range of six-inch capacity machines. Powered by a 37hp V twin petrol engine, the compact and lightweight woodchipper matches the strength and performance that users have come to expect from Först’s diesel powered machines….

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