November 14, 2018


How to stay safe working near electricity power lines


Contact with electricity results in serious injury or even fatalities. UK Power Networks distributes more than a quarter of the UK’s electricity to London, the South East and the East of England, using overhead and underground power lines and substations. The company is urging workers to remember that where tree cutting equipment or machinery is used near overhead power lines, the risk must be considered and controlled. The Be Bright Stay Safe campaign supports safe working and behaviours, encourages the sharing of information and knowledge, and highlights the real risks of coming into contact with electricity. The campaign is reminding…

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The oldest trees in Africa are dying, and scientists are stumped

In South Africa, the Limpopo province, a baobab tree once grew so large and stood so strong that its human neighbors decided to do the obvious: They built a pub inside the living tree’s thousand-year-old hollow trunk, which measured more than 150 feet around and enclosed two interconnected cavities. For two decades, the Sunland baobab attracted tourists wanting to knock back a pint in a tree. But in August 2016, one of the monster stems forming the interior wall cracked and collapsed. Eight months later, another huge chunk toppled over, and now, five of the giant Sunland stems have collapsed and died, leaving only half of the…

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Trees on farms essential to improve environmental protection post Brexit


Major agroforestry trials should be established during the EU withdrawal period Brexit, according to a report launched 12 June by the Woodland Trust and Soil Association. Government support for farmer-led research and innovation networks seeking to integrate trees and agriculture should also be trialled according to the policy document “Agroforestry in England: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities.” Agroforestry, the combination of trees and shrubs with agriculture, involves rows of trees through arable crops like wheat, dotted through pasture like parkland, or planted close together to provide cover for plants and animals. Combining trees and farming can increase productivity, diversify farm businesses,…

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Three new trees for Somerset community garden 


Specialists from Glendale were called in to help transform a community garden in North Somerset to make the space more accessible for residents and their children. Cleeve Parish Council received a grant of £4,500 from the Bristol Airport Local Community Fund, which went towards making paths in the Somerset village’s Millennium Gardens suitable for wheelchairs and prams. A team from the national green services provider laid a new path, trimmed hedges and overhanging branches and planted three new trees: Hazel, Court de Wyck and King of Pippins. John Diment, contract manager at Glendale said: “It’s always a pleasure to be…

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TREE AID striving to improve life in poverty stricken communities


In Ethiopia, 11.9% or approximately 13 million hectares of land is forested. Between 1990 and 2005, the country lost 14.0% of its forest cover. This, coupled with frequent droughts, has seen the agricultural sector in Ethiopia suffer over recent years; having devastating effects on the communities living there who rely on the land for survival. TREE AID works with communities across Ethiopia and the African drylands (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ghana) to help lift them out of poverty – through the power of trees. Tackling poverty and protecting the environment are inseparable. One area where TREE AID has been working…

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More than 1,500 trees unlawfully felled in Dundee


As reported previously, trees were cut down on land next to Swan House at the Technology Park — with concerns raised that the work took place during nesting season. It has now been confirmed that neither the commission nor Dundee City Council had given the go-ahead for the trees to be chopped down. However, the commission is still trying to establish the identity of the land owner and who was responsible for the felling taking place. Officers for the commission are preparing a report into the matter, following discussions with Police Scotland and Dundee City Council. Environmental campaigner Stephen Cragg,…

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Protesters trying to save Sheffield street trees avoid jail


Three tree campaigners have avoided jail after being found in contempt of court for demonstrating against tree-felling work in Sheffield. Simon Crump, Benoit Benz Compin, and Fran Grace were taken to court by the city’s council as part of a long-running dispute over the city’s plans to fell up to 17,000 trees. A judge at the high court in Sheffield on Thursday found that the trio had breached an injunction by entering “safety zones” around trees to stop them being chopped down. The judge, Mr Justice Males, gave both Crump and Compin a two-month jail sentence, suspended for one year. He decided no…

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Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees


Scientists are warning that pollution could be starving Europe’s trees of vital nutrients by damaging essential fungi. The fungi live on the roots of trees, supplying them with minerals and water. Current pollution limits may not be strict enough to protect the forest fungi, say researchers. Signs of tree malnutrition, such as discoloured or missing leaves, have been seen across Europe’s forests. Loss of fungi may be a factor, according to the study, published in the journal, Nature. “If we care about the condition of our forests – what shape they’re in – we can’t just look above (the ground),” said…

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STIHL introduce new bluetooth ear protectors


STIHL has added to its range of high quality face and ear protective equipment with the introduction of its new bluetooth ear protectors with speakers. The new Dynamic BT ear protectors come with built in speakers to help make work more enjoyable, and are perfect for ground based work such as mowing the lawn, grass trimming or hedge-cutting. Compatible with most mobile phones and tablets, the new wireless ear protectors can be paired to the operator’s device using either a Bluetooth 4.0 or AUX connection. To get connected even quicker, the headset features an easy to use three button interface….

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Counter claims made by site owner as Monikie tree felling enforcement saga continues


Forestry Commission Scotland said work undertaken at the former curling pond site Monikie in January to remove trees and undergrowth by Ayrshire-based Avancan Property Management were “exceptional” and likely to have had “significant effects on the environment.” The firm was told to prepare a 10-year plan of maintenance measures to restore the land and replant trees in response to an enforcement notice by the watchdog following its investigation. Site owner James Canavan successfully applied to dissolve his company but was given until April 30 to appeal the enforcement notice. The appeal was lodged by Mr Canavan’s solicitor Davidson Chalmers from…

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