January 19, 2018

Hundreds of trees in Aberdeen hit by Dutch elm disease


Aberdeen City Council will close off roads across the city in a bid to fell trees which have Dutch elm disease. So far around 60 have already been chopped down this year. Over the coming months Willowbank Road, Westburn Drive, Rosehill Drive and Hilton Street will be shut as they have up to 10 dead or dying trees on them. The arboricultural service at the local authority has noted Kincorth, Summerhill, Rosehill, Cults, Culter, Stoneywood and Bridge of Don are all particularly affected by outbreaks of the disease. Dutch elm disease is one of the most serious tree diseases in…

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Clayton Fields Action Group campaign for woodland walk


Campaigners are pressing for pathways running through a beauty spot destined for housing to be recognised as official public rights of way. Members of Clayton Fields Action Group will take their case for registering the footpaths through the site off Edgerton Road in Edgerton to a meeting of Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield area planning sub-committee. The group has already succeeded in getting developer Seddon Homes Ltd to open a gate across one of the “claimed routes” to allow pedestrian access – following lobbying by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, ward councillors and Chris Sutcliffe, deputy headteacher at St Patrick’s School at Birkby….

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Volunteer tree warden sought by Portishead Town Council


Portishead Town Council, when assessing planning applications, often seeks advice from a volunteer tree warden before making decisions. The former post-holder has resigned and a replacement is 
now needed. The role also includes gathering information about trees in the town and encouraging conservation ideas. Sharon Sherborne, the council’s assistant clerk, said: “The volunteer can do as much or as little as they choose, from acting as the eyes and ears of the local neighbourhood to leading guided tree walks and giving talks to local groups. “We would really appreciate anyone with knowledge of trees to share their expertise with us.”…

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Support the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People


The Charter will launch on 6 November, 800 years after the 1217 Charter of the Forest that re-established rights of access to the royal forest in medieval England On 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Rooted in more than 60,000 ‘tree stories’ gathered from people of all backgrounds across the UK, and supported by more than 70 organisations across multiple sectors, the new Charter will recognise, celebrate and protect the right of the UK public to access trees and woods. The Woodland Trust…

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Forest project to plant trees and improve hedgerows


Thousands of volunteers will plant 100,000 trees and improve 75 miles of hedgerows. The Woodland Trust said bigger and thicker hedgerows will help bees and provide shade and shelter for livestock. Hannah Wilcox-Brooke from Keep Wales Tidy added it was ambitious but could have a “real impact”. The Long Forest Project was launched at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthney, on Wednesday. Jeremy Langford, Woodland Trust director, said: “There’s no particular protection on hedges or hedgerows trees, they are rather taken for granted and unloved and that’s something we aim to address. “We want to involve lots of people…

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New memorial woodland opened at Bradgate Park


A new area of woodland for quiet reflection is opening at Bradgate Park. The Memorial Wood is a tranquil setting overlooking Cropston reservoir, to the side of the carriageway that crosses the park. The area is set on a natural stone plinth and is reached by a stone path. It is also rich in native wildlife species, is bound by traditional metal deer fencing and has a central cast iron deer scupture, and has seating for visitors to sit and enjoy the space. Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons have supported the project to build the area. Charles Bennion previously owned the…

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Lockwood Landscapes Ltd puts finishing touches to Hertford College’s oldest buildings


SureSet Approved Installer Lockwood Landscapes Ltd put the perfect finishing touch to one of Hertford College’s oldest buildings, the Old Hall in September. With an extensive internal refurbishment of the Old Hall complete, it was time to turn attention to the Old Buildings Quadrangle (OB Quad); a pretty communal external area. The challenge with this project was to marry modern conveniences such as permeability, low-maintenance and durability with the traditional look of the beautiful building. Specialising in hard and soft landscaping, and with more than 15 years’ experience designing and installing landscapes within the educational sector, Lockwood Landscapes were more…

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1,000 trees in Basildon are saved from the chop…for now


Angry councillors have voted down Basildon Council’s plans to chop down more than 1,000 trees in a bid to slash insurance premium claim costs. At a regeneration and environment committee meeting last week, the council proposed a five-year action plan to axe 1,156 council-owned trees which were identified as “high demanding water species”. These trees are deemed likely to cause subsidence damage to properties, or cause injuries to residents if they trip over a tree’s roots. A report said each year the council receives 23 insurance claims which costs around £70,000. For council to carry out its tree removal project it would…

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Giant Redwood in Wales in final for ‘Tree of the Year’


Glandwr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales – is encouraging people to vote for its Giant Redwood, which has made it to the final of Wales’ ‘Tree of the Year’ competition. The Giant Redwood stands on the banks of the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, near the town of Llangattock in the Brecon Beacons. It is thought to be over 150 years old and at 126 feet tall is higher than the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Wrexham (or twice as tall as the average rugby goal post). The ‘Tree of the Year’ competition is run by the…

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Plans to fell trees to make ‘gloomy’ city centre churchyard safer criticised


Campaigners have been lodging objections to council plans for a £900,000 revamp of a ‘gloomy’ churchyard in Leicester city centre. Leicester City Council is seeking planning permission to carry out work in the St George’s churchyard in the city’s Cultural Quarter. Officials want to open up and enhance the space around the Grade II*-listed church to make it a safer and more attractive area, and open it up onto Orton Square opposite Curve. The scheme has however proved controversial because the council intends to cut down 21 of the mature trees around the church. Both the Leicester Civic Society and Friends of…

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