February 21, 2018

Campaigners in Sheffield comes together to mark Armistice Day


Campaigners against the controversial felling of trees on a Sheffield street which are listed as a war memorial have come together on Armistice Day. More than 100 people gathered in Western Road, Crookes, for what they called a day of art and remembrance. Artists are drawing or painting each tree on the road as part of the campaign. The trees were planted on 4 April 1919 to mark the part former pupils of a local school played in World War One. They are recognised by the War Memorials Trust and Imperial War Museum as a Living War Memorial, but 23…

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Permeable Pathway for Bermondsey Roof Garden


It wasn’t long ago that the only thing expected from a roof was for it to protect a building from the elements. But times have changed and so has the role of the roof as we knew it. Increasingly this previously under-utilised space is being specified as a ‘Green’ or ‘Brown’ roof to encourage bio-diversity and wild life or as fully landscaped communal courtyards in areas where outside space is scarce. SureSet Permeable Paving sent a photographer to capture how well a roof garden they worked on nearly three years ago had settled in… And the roof garden project, for…

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Over 8,000 trees are to be planted in Sheffield between now and March 2018


Sheffield council has committed to planting over 8,000 trees within the next five months, the first of which has been planted in Burngreave with Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy, attending the ceremony. The first tree was planted by scouts from the 76th Sheffield St Peter’s Ellesmere Scout Troop. The tree, known as a heavy standard, sits opposite St Peter’s Church. Various smaller trees were also planted near to the scout’s headquarters on Grimesthorpe Road. Larger trees will be planted following requests from the public to: “to replace those removed from parks and green spaces due to health and safety issues”….

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Cumbria-based Luscombe Plant Hire add woodchipper to keep up with demand


Luscombe Plant Hire, based in Ulverston, Cumbria, stock a wide range of site machinery and tools available for daily, weekly, or long-term hire. After noticing that their GreenMech Arborist 130 woodchipper was hardly ever in the yard, owner Simon Luscombe decided to add a second one to his hire fleet to meet the consistent demand. Simon and wife Beverly, along with their son Dan, started Luscombe Plant Hire in 2001 and this year they were proudly awarded the “Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company” at the EHN Passionate Hirer Awards. “We have a full range of tools and machinery from a…

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Confor shortlisted for prestigious award


Confor has been shortlisted as a finalist in a prestigious UK-wide awards programme which recognises excellence in political engagement. The Public Affairs Awards 2017 includes a category for Trade Body Campaign of the Year, with Confor one of five finalists alongside high-profile bodies like the Federation of Master Builders and Royal College of Nursing. Finalists in other categories include the National Farmers Union, National Union of Students, Greenpeace UK and the National Housing Federation. Confor’s entry focuses on its success in persuading the Conservative Party to commit to tree planting targets ahead of the 2017 election, after real concerns that…

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Residents call on a council to stop chopping down trees in Stoke-on-Trent


Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently carrying out maintenance work around Trentham Mausoleum, the Potteries’ only Grade I-listed building. Council leaders say cutting back the overgrown yew trees surrounding the mausoleum will make the building look better and reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour. But nearby residents say work is unnecessarily destructive, and claim some of the trees are hundreds of years old. John Simons, who lives in Coniston Place, wants the council to stop the work immediately and review the scheme. The 77-year-old said: “We were never told that this was happening. When I heard the noise, I thought it was just…

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Aberdour school fails to prevent tree protection


The owner of Hillside School in Aberdour has made a failed attempt to prevent an order protecting trees on land subject to a housing proposal. Fife Council has introduced a tree preservation order (TPO) for the school grounds which are subject to a planning application in principle for 125 homes. West Fife councillors were told in a report: “It was brought to the council’s attention by the residents of Aberdour who were concerned about the future of the trees as they were aware of a proposed planning application involving the removal of a large number of mature trees. “The trees…

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Heroes Wood showcases ‘tree tribute’ to fallen soldiers


The first trees have been planted to help create a memorial woodland for Greater Manchester ahead of Remembrance Sunday. Leading environmental charity City of Trees officially unveiled the 19 oak trees alongside memorial seating on Friday 10 November at Debdale Park Gorton, paying tribute to those who served their country in the Great War 1914-1918 and armed conflicts since. The event took place ahead of both Armistice and Remembrance Day, and formed part of the WW1 Centenary Events, which are taking place between 2014 – 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Lord Mayor of Manchester…

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18 trees in Victoria park could be saved in new plans for cycle path


Sir Peter Soulsby has indicated plans to run cycle lanes up London Road may be changed to save 18 trees from being felled. The trees on the edge of Victoria Park could be sacrificed under current £2.9 million plans to improve cyclists safety along what is one of the busiest roads in Leicester. However that element of the proposal has proved contentious, with campaigners saying the removal of the trees is unacceptable and unnecessary. Now, after a public consultation on the scheme ended last week, the mayor has signalled a potential rethink on the trees. He said: “What we need to do…

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New £5 million fund to create and restore woodlands


£5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands, following today’s launch of the HS2 Woodland Fund. The fund will be invested in woodlands between London and the West Midlands. As part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this extensive tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create…

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