January 19, 2018

Masked protesters in Sheffield sat inside exclusion zones


Two masked tree protesters have been captured on camera flouting a High Court order in Sheffield. The long-running Sheffield felling saga took another twist this week after two people with covered faces entered ‘exclusion zones’ around trees set for the chop. The ‘exclusion zones’ are protected by a High Court injunction and is aimed to stop protesters obstructing council workers. Council bosses called the move ‘disappointing and unacceptable’ and are set to press forward with ‘further court action and potential imprisonment’. The picture is understood to have been taken from Meersbrook Park Road. Green councillor Alison Teal and Calvin Payne…

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One million almond trees in Mallorca hit with Xylella fastidiosa bacterium


At least one million almond trees have been infected with a deadly tree disease. A devastating report from scientist Eduardo Moralejo estimates that 150,000 Mallorcan almond trees have died in the past decade alone from the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium. His “conservative projection” is that between 800,000 and 950,000 trees are currently infected with the pathogen. Moralejo was a voice in the wilderness when he first sounded the alarm over Xylella fastidiosa back in 2010. Today the threat posed by the disease to Mallorca’s agricultural sector is common knowledge. But while olive farmers rejoiced at the EU’s decision not to cull…

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100,000th tree planted by Peterborough Environment City Trust


A Peterborough charity has branched out successfully after planting its 100,000th tree in the city. Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) hit the milestone for its Forest for Peterborough project on Saturday and marked it with a ceremony at Central Park, where the landmark tree was planted near to the sunken garden. PECT’s CEO Carly Leonard said: “We are so grateful for the support of all the volunteers, individuals and organisations who have dedicated time and enthusiasm towards making this project possible. “Together we are working to transform the city’s landscape and forming a vital network of wildlife corridors and green…

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Vernon Kay supports Sheffield tree in Twitter video


TV presenter Vernon Kay has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save a Sheffield tree up for the axe, with video released on his Twitter.  The Bolton-born star, more commonly known for his work on All Star Family Fortunes and T4, has denounced Sheffield Council in its bid to chop down the Vernon Oak on Vernon Road in Dore. The tree is just one of many earmarked in the long-running felling saga between Sheffield Council, contractor Amey and campaigners who are fighting to save it. The Vernon Oak was nominated for the Sheffield Tree of the Year 2017. The…

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Campaigners urge for St Aubin’s Bay tree-lined avenue to rival Cannes


Members of Save Jersey’s Heritage, who teamed up with the JEP earlier this year to launch the Our Island: Keep Jersey Special campaign to improve public spaces, say that the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm is an opportunity to think about trees. During the storm on 16 October 1987 a huge number of tress were lost. The JEP campaign has focused on a number of ways in which the look and feel of the Island could be improved, including through the removal of unnecessary signs and bins and better planting. Former States Deputy and a founding member of SJH…

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Tree conference invites community-led initiatives for reforestation in Somerset


The conference highlights vital role of trees for the wellbeing of people and planet. Community-led proposals for tree planting and global reforestation will be debated and explored at The Tree Conference at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury, POSTCODE: BA6 9FT on Saturday 4 November from 9am to 6pm GMT and will be view-able as a live conference and online. Leading-edge tree scientists, tree and reforestation project leaders, climate change experts and artists will come together to share their research, practical projects and visions for re-greening our future. Suzi Martineau, Organiser of The Tree Conference, says: “Mounting evidence shows that…

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Paul Wood author of London Street Trees says Hackney is an ‘urban arboretum’


One of the capital’s foremost experts on street trees and the ‘urban forest’ will be leading an arboreal tour through Hackney this weekend. Starting from Haggerston train station, the appropriately-named Paul Wood will lead a group around the borough’s most exotic trees, taking in Stonebridge Gardens, Albion Square and De Beauvoir, this coming Sunday 15 October at 10:30am. Wood, author of the recent London Street Trees guide that comes complete with a foreword from Mayor Sadiq Khan, told the Citizen how this area stirred from humble beginnings to become the leafy locale it is today: “For several reasons: inbuilt resistance to things like climate…

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New interactive tree trail launches The University of Manchester


The University of Manchester has launched a new interactive Tree Trail to encourage people to get outside and discover more about the trees around them. The University is encouraging staff, students and the local community to get out and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits associated with nature and the outdoors and learn something new about the trees they may see every day. The new Tree Trail is a project led by the Environmental Sustainability team which has worked closely with Urban Green and City of Trees to develop three distinct trails that highlight 50 of the 1,500 trees across Oxford Road Campus, North Campus…

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Activists evicted from field after chaining themselves to trees in protest of ‘illegal’ HS2 works


A small group of activists have been evicted from HS2 land after chaining themselves to trees to prevent them being chopped down. The STOP HS2 activists tied themselves up on land owned by HS2 Limited in Harvil Road, Harefield , on Tuesday (October 10). The protest followed a three-day occupation of a digger on the same site the week before. Activists and the company are locked in a dispute over the felling of trees of the land, which is being cleared to make way for a high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands. Sarah Green, who led both protests, told getwestlondon that she was evicted from…

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Kenilworth trees given permanent protection from felling


Threatened trees in a rural part of Kenilworth have been given permanent protection from unauthorised felling after fears they could be cut down. The trees, which run from Rouncil Farm in Rouncil Lane west to Roundshill Farm had marks painted on them in August. This led Rouncil Farm’s owner Ray Tebby to put up notices warning nearby residents and walkers the trees could be felled. Although Warwick District Council claimed this was not the case, an emergency Tree Preservation Order (TPO) was subsequently placed on the 161 trees by the council before it made a firm decision on protecting them….

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