May 22, 2018

New laser scanning ‘weighs’ trees to assess carbon stored in forests


New laser scanning technology has revealed that one sycamore near Oxford has almost seven miles of branches. The aim of the project is to “weigh” the trees to accurately assess the carbon stored in forests and what role they can play in tackling climate change. A three-dimensional picture of the trees is built up using thousands of points of data collected using lasers. This reveals the structure and its volume, which allows an estimate of mass. A sycamore tree in Wytham Woods near Oxford was found to have nearly 6.8 miles of branches. The research states that this is double…

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Primary school in Bury St Edmunds holds tree planting day


Tollgate Primary School kicked off their tree planting day with an assembly introducing the trees, followed by a lesson in the many benefits that trees have on the planet. Lessons were held throughout the day discussing tree lifecycles and the many uses of trees. Small groups of children from all year groups worked to plant the young saplings. Jo Quittenton, who leads the school’s outdoor learning programme, said: “They were amazed to discover that a harp came from bark. “The children were very inquisitive, engaged and a tremendous day was had by all.”

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New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work


Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of 4 – towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area.  “Our work is very diverse – a pretty…

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Life Tree projects aims to mark every birth, death and marriage with a tree


Thought to be the first initiative of its kind in Northern Ireland, the Life Tree project will see around 4,000 native tree saplings planted each year to cut air pollution and improve public health. A Northern Ireland council is taking on the initiative in partnership with Public Health Agency (PHA) and the North West Regional College. Derry city and the Strabane District Council area will be covered as a part of the council’s wider air quality improvement strategy. Registered families will be able to either plant a sapling in their home or, alternatively, have the council plant it in a…

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Extraordinary Homes’ Piers Taylor to present Forestry Excellence Awards


Award winning architect, broadcaster and academic,  Piers Taylor, who himself  lives in a self built house in a working woodland, will be presenting the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards 2018 at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in July. Among programmes Piers has co-presented are The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, three series of The House that £100k Built on BBC Two and Britain’s Most Spectacular Backyard Builds for BBC Two. Woodland owners and managers and forestry education and skills organisations in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Somerset and Dorset, and the South West (Devon and Cornwall) have until 6…

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Husqvarna launches two new pre-mixed alkylate fuels


Husqvarna — one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products — launches two new pre-mixed alkylate fuels, Husqvarna XP® Power 2 and Husqvarna Power 4, made with forestry experts and green space professionals in mind. With efficient combustion and low levels of harmful substances, users get more machine performance and higher work efficiency. Husqvarna XP® Power 2 Husqvarna XP® Power 2 is an alkylate fuel pre-mixed with XP®  two-stroke oil, which has been specially formulated for excellent engine cleanliness. This is due to more efficient combustion which keeps engine components clean, so machines will run smoother…

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RFS launches new one day courses for 2018


Five new topics – Woodland Archaeology, Tree Health, Tree ID, Forest Soils and GIS management planning  – have all been added to the Royal Forestry Society’s popular one-day courses for 2018. Back by popular demand are courses on Grading and Measuring your Timber, a Guide for Caring for your Wood and Essentials for Measuring Woods and Trees. The first of the courses, Woodland Archaeology and Tree Health are being held in April. All course are open to  members and non members. For details and to book go to

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300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force


City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

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Makita launches DCU180Z 18v Brushless Wheelbarrow


At last – Makita has harnessed the impressive power of the incredibly successful 18v Brushless motor to reduce the back-breaking task of pushing a fully laden wheelbarrow across a rocky, bumpy building site, a muddy commercial garden or rough pasture towards a favourite fishing lake! In fact, designed principally to reduce the physical demands in the construction industry the new Makita DCU180Z will prove popular in many operating fields. Capable of carrying 130kg of blocks on the tubular frame, or similar amount of ballast in the barrow bin option, this power-assisted wheelbarrow has the Brushless motor integrated into the front…

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10,000 new trees to boost roadside wildlife habitat in the South West


Highways England is starting a major programme of tree and shrub planting along the A30 and A38 in a bid to connect a 105 mile corridor of wildlife habitat. The work is taking place at 21 sites in Devon and Cornwall and involves the planting of 10,000 native trees and shrubs to fill or reduce gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside. In total the planting will provide around three extra miles of vegetation and connect over 105 miles of habitat on the verge and land adjacent to the A30 and A38. The scheme is being delivered under Highways…

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