November 16, 2018

New UK pest destroying the nation’s elm trees


As part of local plant recording activity carried out by experienced amateurs in Surrey, plant samples were sent to the RBGE – one of a UK-wide network of environment-related organisations working together to tackle plant health issues – for identification. When an elm specialist examined the samples, the distinctive feeding damage was spotted. This is the first evidence of the pest in Britain. The invasive alien zigzag elm sawfly, Aproceros leucopoda, is native to East Asia. It was identified as a new pest of elms in Poland and Hungary in 2003 and has since spread to many other European countries….

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Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity


The Arboricultural Association has announced the full line up of 34 speaker sessions for the 52nd National Amenity Conference titled – Soils & Trees – Standing your Ground. The schedule includes 10 prominent international speakers, who will take delegates on narrative journey through soil science and trees, and help us get serious about soils. Soils and their importance have come into focus in recent years and understanding their science is increasingly recognised as critical to improving the establishment and growth of trees, whatever their setting. For professionals involved in the care and cultivation of amenity trees, Arboriculture begins and ends…

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Ecoplug Max prevents re-growth in Yorkshire


Martin Lingard, Contracts Manager for Lowther Forestry, has reported that ICL’s Ecoplug Max is helping him manage an extensive tree and shrub clearance project throughout Yorkshire with the use of the Ecoplug Max. Lowther Forestry – a nationwide forestry, landscaping and fencing contractor was established in 1979 and now has four regional offices. Over the years the company has significantly grown and prides itself on providing exceptional quality, value and sustainability to businesses and organisations throughout the United Kingdom. Martin Lingard has been with the company for 19 years and after looking for an alternative to liquid glyphosate for stump…

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Stihl adds to Workwear range


STIHL has expanded its range of high-visibility workwear that offers professionals the very best in comfort and mobility. The new lightweight MS Protect cut protective high-visibility jacket and trousers -both available in different sizes – provide professionals with freedom of movement, and are ideal for a range of applications including arb, forestry and landscaping work. The Protect MS jacket comes with two chest pockets as well as an outlet opening for harnesses on the back. The elbows and shoulders feature thorn protection and breathable ADVANCE cut protection has been included in the chest, shoulder, arm and stomach areas for improved…

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Scotland’s largest cities to combat climate change with tree planting


Scotland’s four largest cities must improve coastal defences and should consider planting thousands of trees to combat the effects of climate change by 2050, according to a new report. People living in most of the world’s cities face problems caused by rising temperatures including heatwaves, flooding, water shortages and blackouts by mid-century without urgent action to curb greenhouse gases. It is “the future that nobody wants” warns the study by C40 Cities, a group of cities taking action on climate change, the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and climate advisory company Acclimatise. But authorities in cities…

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Search is on for the Tree of the Year 2018


Members of the public are being asked to nominate the UK’s most treasured trees in a contest to promote their protection. The Woodland Trust has launched the 2018 Tree of the Year competition to find the nation’s favourite trees which have played a role in history, communities or people’s individual lives. There will be a public vote on nominated trees to find a favourite from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, from which a single UK entry will be chosen to compete in the European Tree of the Year contest. The UK contest is now in its fifth year, and last…

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Thousands of new trees in Manchester schools to help learning and mental health


A Greater Manchester charity is on a mission to plant tens of thousands of trees in primary and secondary schools across the region. City of Trees pledged to plant a total of three million saplings across Greater Manchester, one for every man, woman and child. 15,000 of those will be in schools. The ‘Trees for Learning’ initiative is part of a national DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) backed programme planting thousands of trees in schools across the UK. City of Trees is now calling for schools to get in touch if they want to get involved,…

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Sheffield Council pay £700,000 in compensation over delays to tree-felling


A council in England has been forced to pay £700,000 in compensation over the delays to its controversial tree-felling strategy, which campaigners claim is seeing healthy trees cut down unnecessarily. Sheffield Council paid the money to its highways maintenance contractor Amey after the disruption in 2017 contributed to delays to works that needed to be completed on more than 300 streets. The details of the payment have been made public after the council responded to an FOI request by local tree campaigner Neil Meadows. Waiting for decision The delays were caused by the council’s decision to wait for verdict from…

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14 million new trees planted in Scotland


Around 14 million new trees were planted in Scotland last year with £33m paid to landowners to create new woodland. Most of the new trees can be found in the south of Scotland (28 per cent), with Perth, Argyll and Highland also sharing the growth in forestry. Forestry Enterprise Scotland confirmed that £33m was paid out to landowners in 2017 under the Forestry Grant Scheme to encourage new woodland, with the figure expected to rise next year. Rural Affairs secretary Fergus Ewing described the planting rates as “very encouraging” with 7,100 new hectares of land given over to new trees….

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The UK government tree champion: What’s his role?


Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed the UK’s first tree champion to support the government’s pledge to plant over 11 million trees, as well as to unite local leaders and councils to prevent the unnecessary felling of the carbon dioxide-inhalers. The appointment of Sir William Worsley has been welcomed by environmental campaigners, as it comes at a time when the UK is dealing with something of a tree loss epidemic. The controversial plan to fell 20,000 in Sheffield, the exposure of Network Rail’s intention to remove all ‘leaf fall’ trees that line its tracks and a proposal to frack Sherwood Forest, are all signs of the times….

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