August 20, 2018

An interview with Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham


Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham, tells us about what his job involves, the evolving roles of tree officers, and the effects of funding cuts on local authority arboriculture How did you get into arboriculture? Before I worked in arboriculture, I had jobs in a number of industries, but primarily in printing. After working in a fume-filled building with one window, I decided I needed to work outside, and hopefully in changeable locations. A job came up in a local paper as a groundsman for a small-time tree surgeon, and it all started from there. Why…

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Forest of Dean District Council reject holiday cabins to maintain ancient woodland


Plans to create seven log cabins and two shepherd’s huts in the Forest of Dean has been stopped by the council due to the destruction of ancient woodland. The holiday homes were to be built in Lower Newent Woods, Cliffords Mesne, Gloucestershire, but has been prevented as it would: “create significant harm to the intrinsic beauty and tranquillity of the local landscape character.” Lead campaigner for the Woodland Trust Oliver Newham said: “Ancient woodland is our most precious habitat, yet it accounts for only 2% of UK tree cover. It is land that has been continuously wooded since 1600 so…

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Niwaki to hold Open House Event on 20th and 21st April


Niwaki Spring Ladder Event – celebrating the start of the gardening year Niwaki will be holding another of their popular Open House Events.  As well as the usual, sushi, tools & ladders there will be a tool sharpening demonstrations and rolling screenings of a series of short films founder Jake Hobson has just shot in Japan on a recent trip.  A must attend event for Niwaki fans to learn more about Japanese gardening and tools. Niwaki Spring Ladder Event and Short Film Screenings Friday 20th April (10-6)  & Saturday 21st April (10-4) Sushi, Niwaki short films, special offers and ex-display…

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The Parks Trust secures compensation for unlawful felling of trees


The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that manages and maintains over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes, has secured compensation of £10,000 plus payment of its costs from the Burger King restaurant in Milton Keynes. In October last year contractors acting for the restaurant unlawfully felled eight horse chestnut trees and one alder tree on Parks Trust land adjacent to the Burger King outlet on H5 Portway in Central Milton Keynes. The Trust reported it to the police as criminal damage and sought compensation from Burger King to enable replacement trees to be planted. Faced with the prospect…

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Police investigating felling of protected trees in Lock Lomond


Staff at Loch Lomond Shores witnessed a group of men clearing 118 mature trees in Loch Lomond in March, promptly alerting the national park. Officers leading the probe have confirmed that they are chasing a lead, stating: “There is a positive line of enquiry. However it is still ongoing at the moment.” The larger portion of the land is owned by the national park, with a smaller section being owned by the Flamingo Land development company. There has been a proposed development of a £30million resort by the leisure company at West Riverside, seeking planning permission in principle later this…

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Bolton school children help plant 21,000 trees


The start of the Northern Forest project is taking place on Smithills estate with the first of the 50-million trees. The first of the 130 pupils were members of the St Peter’s Smithills Dead Eco Club, with final planting reaching 1,200 trees from the children. Pupils from St Peter’s SMithills Dean CE Primary were joined by Bolton Mayor Roger Hayes, Horwich Mayor Steve Rock, Manchester Lord Lieutenant Warren Smith, Bolton West MP Chris Green and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis at the ceremonial planting event at the site last month. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey,…

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‘Big Tree Count’ campaign to encourage people to share their planting success


‘Big Tree Count’ campaign launched encouraging organisations, individuals and groups to share their tree planting success with free wildflower seeds and giveaways. The campaign led by leading tree planting charity City of Trees, and supported by Hadfield Wood Recyclers marks the end of tree planting season and the start of Spring and calls on all those who have helped new trees take root across Greater Manchester. Last year saw the first ever ‘Big Tree Count’ with organisations, individuals and community groups totting up over 165,000 new trees they had planted across the region. City of Trees aims to plant 3…

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Over 2,500 native trees planted in Derry


A partnership between the Loughs Agency and the Woodland Trust, with support from Northern Ireland Water and the backing of local farmers, has been responsible for over 2,500 native trees along the banks of the Burntollet River in Derry. The project will eventually cover a 10-mile strip along the banks of the river. Dave Scott, the Woodland Trust’s Treescape Development Lead, said: “This is a perfect example of how the economy and conservation can benefit in equal measure. “As well as helping river quality, trees can help stop money from, literally, going down the drain. As the trees mature, their…

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10,000 blight-resistant American chestnut trees grown by U.S researchers


The American chestnut trees were one of the most common trees on the East Coast of America a century ago, before the population between northern Georgia and Maine was decimated by a fungus, thought to be imported from Chinese chestnut trees in 1904. “It was a very important tree to our history, to the economy in the past,” said SUNY ESF professor William Powell, co-founder of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project. The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project has been conducting research at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry for nearly 30…

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Woodland Trust to provide 50,000 trees to ITV viewers


Featuring a unique conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough as they walked in the garden at Buckingham Palace last summer, a new landmark documentary from ITV will explore the ambition of a remarkable new initiative – a vast network of native forests across Britain and the Commonwealth, protected forever in The Queen’s name. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is creating a network of forest conservation initiatives across all 53 Commonwealth countries to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime’s service to the Commonwealth, while preserving natural habitat for future generations. In the run up to this landmark documentary, entitled The Queen’s…

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