June 19, 2018

Planting the Future: children help create England’s largest forest in 30 years


Schoolchildren planted the first of 660,000 trees in England’s largest forest for more than 30 years on Friday 23rd March.  Pupils from Wooler Middle School will help to begin the creation of the forest at Doddington North Moor, Northumberland. The new forest will provide real benefits to the North-East economy – short and long-term employment on site and a future timber supply to wood processors, including A&J Scott, which employs almost 150 people in nearby Wooperton. The trees to be planted at the site have been provided by regional nurseries – Cheviot Trees near Berwick-upon-Tweed and Trees Please in Corbridge. Environmental…

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Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities help to pause felling of Sheffield trees


Sheffield City Council’s announcement it is to pause felling of street trees is timely after the Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities presented evidence to the council questioning its tree felling assessments. Three weeks after submitting an independent report, Sheffield City Council (SCC) has yet to respond to Trees for Cities’ and the Woodland Trust’s offer to fund a more cost effective and appropriate solution to save the Vernon Oak, leaving the future of the tree uncertain. During the long running debate over the future of the Vernon Oak, one of the most iconic trees in Sheffield, residents and organisations have…

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Llandderfel man wins prestigious Woodland Trust Chairman’s Award for voluntary work


Congratulations to Brian Palmer, a retired Leadership Development and Programme Manager from Llandderfel near Bala in North Wales, who has landed the prestigious Woodland Trust Chairman’s Award, made annually to recognise outstanding voluntary work in support of the Woodland Trust’s work. Brian has volunteered for the Trust (Coed Cadw) over the last eight years in a huge variety of roles. He is a voluntary speaker, going out to tell local groups about the importance of restoring the small areas of ancient woodland that still remain, as part of the project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. But he has also…

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‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ to be held on Wednesday 2 May


Wednesday, 2 May, 2018 – 09:30 ‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment. The event will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees,…

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Woodland Trust calls for greater protection for our ancients as Gilwell Oak comes fifth in European Tree of the Year


The Gilwell Oak has come fifth in the European Tree of the Year contest. It comes as the Woodland Trust calls for the same level of protection for ancient and veteran trees as that proposed for ancient woodland in a review of English Planning Policy. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May announced welcome plans to overhaul England’s planning policy to afford ancient woodland much stronger protection. New policy wording proposed by the Government in the revised National Planning Policy Framework will state: “development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland should be refused, unless…

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200-year-old Whistler Cork Oak from Portugal crowned ‘European Tree of the Year 2018’


The winner of the European Tree of the Year contest 2018 was unveiled tonight in Brussels in front of 200 participants. The Whistler Cork Oak from Alentejo, Portugal has won with the support of 26,606 votes, followed by the Spanish Ancient Elms of Cabeza del Buey (22,323 votes) and the Russian Oak ‘Elder of the Belgorod Forests’ (21,884 votes). The Whistler Cork Oak is named after the sound of the countless birds that perch on its branches. Planted in 1783, the cork oak has been stripped more than 20 times. It is classified as “Tree of Public Interest” and registered…

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Terrain Aeration has provided soil decompaction services at Hyde Park


Terrain Aeration has provided services to relieve compaction of soil at Hyde Park. The company used its Airforce Terralift and SuperScamper machines. The latter works in conjunction with a towed compressor is therefore a lighter machine producing less weight on the turf surface. The primary areas to be treated were north of the Bandstand, an area of 10,200 m2 with sycamores and elms, and the ash tree circle north of Serpentine Road, an area of 892 m2 Before work started it was necessary to radar scan for underground services and mark out the areas to be treated. The Terralift hammers…

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GreenMech to showcase their later range of 200mm capacity chippers at this year’s Arb Show


At this years Arb Show, Europe’s largest chipper manufacturer GreenMech will be showcasing their latest range of 200mm capacity chippers, which complement their popular 150mm offering.  Visitors to stand C18/19 will be able to see a selection of both tracked and towed machines and discuss the special show deals and flexible finance options available. The road tow Arborist 200 and the tracked ArbTrak 200 variant lead GreenMech’s 200mm (8”) capacity models. Both machines are capable of increasing productivity through their generous 1200mm x 840mm in-feed hoppers, making light work of heavily forked branches. They pick up where GreenMech’s popular 5”…

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Check trees for storm damage, says expert


A national green service provider is reminding landowners of the need to check trees after a storm, following the treacherous weather conditions that have been sweeping the UK. Arborists from Glendale have been called out to more than 200 tree-related emergencies and moved over 300 tonnes of timber since Christmas and New Year due to weather-related incidents. Storm Eleanor hit parts of the UK in January, while Storm Emma and ‘The Beast from the East’ have also blighted the country, coinciding with the coldest winter since 1991 as blizzards, high winds and drifting snow caused collisions, gridlock and school closures….

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Barcham supplies flowering cherries for Cobham’s new Remembrance Avenue


Barcham Trees’ David Johnson says he is proud the Cambridgeshire nursery was chosen by Elmbridge Borough Council, Surrey, to supply and plant the 46 young flowering cherry trees which were planted in February 2018 as an Avenue of Remembrance on Tilt Common, Cobham. The avenue replaces the original trees, which were planted in 1946 and dedicated by Cobham’s Women’s Institute to honour the memory of local servicemen killed in World War Two. The Avenue of Remembrance is to be re-dedicated on Sunday 8 April at 12.30pm, and David Johnson will represent Barcham at the event. He explained “The original trees…

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