February 21, 2018

Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman launches Tree for Learning in Salford


60,000 trees will be planted with 350 Greater Manchester primary schools over the next four years City of Trees – the charitable organisation re-invigorating Greater Manchester’s landscape by planting a tree for every man, woman and child – has begun the process of planting 60,000 trees with 350 local primary schools. With the help of 250 children and 50 staff children at St Charles RC Primary School in Swinton, the initiative  was launched today with the help of Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman. This project is part of the DEFRA backed project to plant 1million trees with primary schools, across the UK…

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Community coppicing social enterprise scoops £10,000 funding pot

Greenwood Twiggs has been awarded the TD GreenStreets grant to help create a hectare of coppice woodland in Bury, Greater Manchester. The project, which will be run across two sites, will involve working with local community groups and schools to create new woodland used for coppicing, an ancient woodland management technique and part of our cultural heritage. Greenwood Twiggs is a social enterprise who manages a number of woodlands across the region, bringing unmanaged and unloved urban habitats back into use benefitting both people and the environment. The project secured a £10,000 grant from TD Green Streets – a grant…

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Epping Forest celebrates 800th anniversary of Forest Charter

On 6 November, Epping Forest and the City of London Corporation, which manages the ancient woodland, will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the UK’s 1217 Forest Charter – the sister statute to the Magna Carta – which re-established and protected the rights of ordinary people to make a living from common land. Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee, said: “The Charter continues to have far reaching consequences nationally, even to this day. By restoring the legitimacy of the forests, the Forest Charter, which was a part of UK legislation until 1971, has left…

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The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed from Glastonbury on Saturday 4 November, highlights the outstanding role of trees and calls for mass mobilisation of tree planting

Much excitement awaits the imminent arrival of The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed from the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury this Saturday, 4 November, inviting tree lovers across the UK and the world to tune in and join the movement to plant trees, safeguard forests and save our ecosystems. With mounting evidence for the considerable wellbeing benefits of trees and the crucial role trees can play in reducing carbon emissions and averting climate change, 130 tree lovers – including leading scientists, environmentalists and reforestation project leaders – will gather for this unique networking forum showcasing many inspirational tree projects, organisations…

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Först chips in for DART’s Caribbean mission

Först, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of woodchippers, has helped make DART’s latest mission a reality by donating funds to its Caribbean expedition. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, DART (Disaster Arborist Response Team) set about offering its services to the Dominican government’s Emergency Operations Centre. After receiving funding from Först and a number of other benefactors, a team of DART arborists from around the UK headed out for an initial deployment in mid September. Such was DART’s impact clearing roads blocked by fallen trees, a second and larger team was sent out on 6 October to provide 28…

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Power and progress with Timberwolf’s new petrol range


Timberwolf are extending their low emission petrol product family, developing further their comprehensive range of professional wood chippers. Impending changes to engine legislation will affect many machines regularly used by arborists, landscapers, and estate managers, including chippers. An ongoing legislation programme to limit emissions from diesel engines, is progressing with the next step coming into force on 1 January 2019. Current diesel engines can continue to be used after this date to power existing equipment, but only Stage V diesel, or alternative fuelled engines, can be supplied on new machines. The new extended Timberwolf petrol range builds on the equivalent…

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The Society for the Environment urges others to sign the SDG Accord

The Society for the Environment sign the SDG Accord and encourage other organisations (and individuals) to follow suit, joining 51 supporting organisations, 38 educational institutions and 163 individuals. The SDG Accord was created by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) in response to the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN. Announced at the World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) held in Vancouver, the SDG Accord is ‘the university and college sector’s collective response to the SDGs – a global pledge by educators that they will accept a…

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British Hardwood Tree Nursery donates young oaks for Lincoln Cathedral roof restoration in 100 years


It takes over 100 years for an oak tree to grow to the maturity needed to create timber for Lincoln Cathedral roof. Thankfully, the Cathedral team, sponsored and supported by Nettleham Woodland Trust and British Hardwood Tree Nursery, have the foresight to plant now! Young oak saplings have been donated by Lincolnshire-based British Hardwood Tree Nursery.  The saplings will be planted at an official ceremony when the bare root planting season commences this Autumn. The planting celebrates the 800 years’ anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the Battle of Lincoln which took place in 1217. Lincoln Cathedral are…

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Hailsham’s marlow ropes to help support breast cancer


To support Breast Cancer Awareness a percentage of the profits from the sale of Marlow’s pink Arb rope will go to the charity. The vibrant pink yarn was introduced in the Gecko FCR 2 climbing rope two years ago and is used throughout the arboriculture sector. Jon Mitchell, MD, Marlow Rope said: “Marlow contributes to a range of charities every year. Cancer Research UK is just one of the charities we support. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and our vivid pink yarn is the perfect fit for this chaitable initiative.” Earlier this year, Marlow also…

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Green trees for green growth


The inclusion of forestry and timber in the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy could be a ‘game changer’ for the sector, according to the Chief Executive of Confor. Stuart Goodall welcomed the fact the document links an 11 million tree planting target to green, clean growth in rural communities and using more UK timber in construction. The document commits to “establish a new network of forests in England including new woodland on farmland, and fund larger-scale woodland and forest creation, in support of our commitment to plant 11 million trees, and increase the amount of UK timber used in construction”. Mr Goodall…

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