August 20, 2018

One more ash dieback spore could kill Europe’s last ash trees


Just one more ash dieback spore could kill off Europe’s remaining ash trees, says recent study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Analysis suggests that the dieback problem may have been caused by just one or two mushroom-like fruiting bodies of a fugal pathogen, which came to Europe from Asia. The pathogen grows on Asian ash trees without causing disease but has been devastating European varieties. 95% of all European ash trees are under threat from dieback and is has already destroyed 80% of young ash trees in Norway and threatens to kill or severely damaged a quarter of the…

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GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille


GreenBlue Urban have announced that they are bringing a brand-new tree grille to market. Named SettStone, the precast grille measures 1200mm square manufactured from permeable materials therefore is SuDS compatible by remining highly porous. The high strength grille can be used in trafficked areas is simple to assemble and will complement projects with its urban grey design. For more information:

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ICF: Dr Don C. Bragg A Worthy Winner of the 2017 Silvicultural Prize


The Institute of Chartered Foresters has awarded Dr Don C. Bragg, Research Forester and Project Leader at US Forest Service, Monticello, the 2017 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture – for advancing the knowledge of silviculture. Dr Don has received this prestigious award in recognition of his paper entitled: The development of uneven-aged southern pine silviculture before the Crossett Experimental Forest (Arkansas, USA), published in Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, Volume 90, Issue 3. The Editors believe this is an outstanding paper which demonstrates our knowledge of the subject. The paper is a model…

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Help kick start the first Urban Tree Festival in London


The first ever Urban Tree Festival in London is planning to kick off this year between 18-20 May, celebrating street trees, public gardens and parks and the role they play in our lives. The festival will contain a series of walks, talks and other activities, ranging from mindfulness sessions to photography walks, talking trails and stalking mulberries, all at a subsidies cost from their usual price (£10 per ticket rather than £15-£20). The festival does, however, need a bit of help to get going. With the goal of £1,500, the crowd funding campaign currently stands at £990 with 9 days…

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STIHL launch world’s first electronic fuel injection chainsaw


The new STIHL MS 500i is the world’s first chainsaw with electronic fuel injection and a never-before achieved power-to-weight ratio. With the MS 500i, STIHL presents the world’s first standard chainsaw with electronically controlled fuel injection, consolidating its position as a technology leader. The STIHL injection technology (i) not only provides the chainsaw of the future with incredible torque, but also ensures rapid acceleration of the saw chain from 0 to 100 km/h in just 0.25 seconds. Thanks to the intelligent lightweight design, the MS 500i is also has the best ever power-to-weight ratio – 1.24 kilograms per kilowatt, an…

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Serbian spruce article wins judges vote for James Cup 2018


An article examining Serbian spruce as a potential alternative to Sitka and Norway spruces to build resilience in forests has won the prestigious James Cup 2018. Co-authored by Peter Savill, Scott Wilson, Bill Mason, Richard Jinks, Victoria Stokes and Tom Christian, the article appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry (QJF) and was part of a Species Profile Project looking at tree species that might be used in Britain if climate change proceeds as predicted, and in the light of the threats posed by tree pests and diseases. After examining its habitat and ecology, record…

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Portadown arborist’s intrepid cat rescue


Local Portadown resident Vilma Orzekauskaite spotted the cat as she looked out of her window in People’s Park, quickly realising that the cat, which was perched on a high branch, dangling over the river, was stuck. Vilma tried to coax the cat down from the tree with a range of tricks and food, “It was too high for me to get up there,” she comments. She then tried the local NI Fire and Rescue Service but discovered that they no longer deal with cat rescues. With few options left, Vilma turned to the internet for help and advice for getting…

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Assessing the need for tree removal: top 10 tips


Deciding whether a tree needs to be removed can be a tricky business. Lee Davies, Consultant at Artemis Tree Services, offers advice to help arborists through the process. As tree professionals we understand the wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits trees provide, such as absorbing pollution, reducing the severity of flooding, and improving the health and wellbeing of society as a whole. It is therefore important that these benefits are conserved wherever practicable. However, there will be circumstances when trees need to be removed. Below are ten tips for identifying trees that need to be removed. Training Obtain…

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Dartmouth College research predicts which trees are at greatest risk of beetle invasion


Research published in Forest Ecology and Management shows that the composition of forests is more important than other factors when predicting the path of the southern pine beetle, with pitch pine forests being more susceptible to the pests that forests with a mix of tree species. Carissa Aoki, a post-doctoral research associate at Dartmouth and lead author of the study commented: “Knowing which tree stands may be most susceptible to this beetle is extremely important information for managers working to protect our forests. “This research not only tells us that preventative treatment such as thinning can be effective, but also…

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Allington tree felling causes controversy due to nesting birds


An ongoing housing project, which has already sparked controversy due to its destruction of green space and ancient woodland, has created further tension due to the alleged felling of trees during bird nesting season. The New Allington Action Group (NAAG) has called for Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) to prevent Croudace Homes, the Hermitage Park complex developers, from continuing their work. According to the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is an offence to take, damage, or destroy a nest which is in use or being built. Residents of Allington are claiming that the complex, which is being built off…

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