May 23, 2018

Rare butterfly halts felling of elm tree in Sheffield


The White-letter Hairstreak butterfly has temporarily saved a threatened elm tree in Sheffield, that the council wanted to fell due to an apparent risk posed to the highway. The threat of felling to the elm is due to Sheffield’s controversial Streets Ahead initiative. The council stated that the tree with be retained “for a number of months” in order to move the butterfly. The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust said it remained opposed to the tree being felled. The White-letter Hairstreak butterfly declined in the 1970s when its foodplants were reduced by Dutch Elm disease. They are difficult to spot,…

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Government scheme plans to plant thousands of trees in Rushcliffe


As a part of the new £50,000 project, the Rushcliffe council has set out plants to make Rushcliffe a bit greener, planting thousands of trees over the next three years, ensuring sustainable environments in the district are preserved. Grants will be available from April onwards for groups and individuals wishing to plant trees in the towns and villages. Cllr Debbie Mason, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s deputy leader said: “Tree protection and promotion is an issue often raised by Councillors and the wider public particularly as our communities are set to grow increasingly in the coming years. “We want to support economic…

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Telford council commission tree survey


Large-scale planting undertaken from the late 1960s has forced Telford council to slowly remove many trees as a part of their ‘Pride in Our Community’ tree management program. Millions of trees that had been planted by the Telford Development Corporation, which included oak, pine, chestnut, willow and poplar trees, were planted along roadside, around housing estates and as woodlands. The Pride in Our Community initiative was undertaken to ensure trees had enough light to thrive by removing some of the millions planted. A tree survey has now been commissioned to ensure a healthy population of trees with a ‘right tree…

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Tree Council outline their key dates for 2018 campaigns


2018 promises to be a busy one and with the launch of the Tree Care Campaign little more than a month away, the Tree Council thought it would be useful to their community action campaigns of 2018. The campaign theme for the 2017-18 tree year is centred around the value of trees, calling on everyone everywhere to celebrate trees, plant more and appreciate them all. The Tree Council explained: “Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes continues to add value to lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can…

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Plant trees now to reduce HS2 impact, says green expert


A green spaces expert is calling upon landowners to plant trees in order to lessen the environmental impact of the new High Speed Two (HS2) rail network. Deric Newman, general manager of national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, Glendale Civic Trees, says it’s imperative that planting projects begin as soon as possible along the affected routes in order to provide the most benefits. Hundreds of green spaces across the country are at risk of damage as part of the creation of the new high-speed railway network, which has been designed to create better connections between cities, and cut journey…

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Professional Planners and Arboriculturists collaborate for Trees in the Planning Process seminar


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has partnered with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to deliver Trees in the Planning Process, a half-day seminar on April 13, in Oxford. It will highlight the importance of trees and landscapes in urban greenspace design alongside the considerations of those involved in the planning application process. While the benefits of trees in urban greenspace projects, such as for health, well-being and alleviating climate-related problems, are now widely recognised, less so are the benefits of closer collaboration between those on either side of the planning process. On the one hand there’s the vision…

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Barcham Trees support TDAG’s presence at ecobuild


Barcham Trees is to be a major sponsor of the Trees and Design Action Group’s (TDAG) presence at ecobuild 2018, which takes place at London’s ExCel from 6 to 8 March 2018. The Group brings together a pioneering band of individuals, professionals and organisations from wide ranging disciplines in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Architectural consultant and TDAG member Sue James has devised a programme for the organisation’s stand (H130) where its experts will be pleased answer questions. Leaflets relating to research documents will also be available to…

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Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall joins HS2 campaigners outside Euston Station


Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall will be joining campaigners today outside Euston Station between 10:30 and 14:30. Euston Gardens, where the group will be gathering, yesterday saw the first cutting of trees to pave way for the HS2. Dan Llywelyn Hall was invited by national tree campaigner Rob McBride to the site on Monday 29th January before the firs trees were felled. Dan says ahead of today’s ‘drawing’ protest: ‘It seems our country is about to witness one of the greatest fellings since Nelson’s Armada of our national woodlands by a largely unnecessary train line that will carve its way through…

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Yorkshire Water pledges to support the Northern Forest with one million trees


Yorkshire Water have pledged to plant one million trees across Yorkshire over the next ten years in a bid to reduce flood risk, offset carbon emissions and support the creation of the Northern Forest. The company has already been working with volunteers to plant 200,000 trees at Gorpley reservoir near Todmorden as a part of their flood management scheme. As one of the biggest landowners in Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water have been working with the White Rose forest Partnership to may its 28,000 hectares of land and assess where planting more trees will have the most impact on flood reduction, carbon,…

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Makita launches twin 18v (36v) split-shaft LXT multi-tool


Makita has launched a 36v cordless multi-tool system for landscape maintenance operations together with a range of quick-fit attachments including the newly introduced Brush Cutter and Linetrimmer in addition to the Cultivator, Pole Saw, Hedge Trimmer and lawn Edging Tool. The pole extension allows even greater reach for the Pole Saw and Hedge Trimmer. With the move to battery powered grounds maintenance machines becoming ever more popular, particularly at the demand of municipal authorities and public bodies, Makita offers a range of 18v tools and, more recently, an expanding inventory of twin 18v machines to give 36v power. The power…

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